Word of the day

Scantling – a timber beam of small cross section; a timber of relatively slight width and thickness, as a stud or rafter in a house frame; a set of standard dimensions for parts of a structure, especially in shipbuilding; a specimen, sample, or small amount.

2 Responses to Word of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Now there is word that is a blast from the past – I thought it was only used in naval architecture

    “Scantling length” is the length of a ship loaded to its summer load line from stem to stern along the midline at water level – it gives a standardized way of defining the length of a ship

    Another old term was “full scantling vessel” which was a ship equipped with cargo handling gear that could reach all the cargo spaces and thus load or unload the vessel without recourse to shore based equipment, also known as a “fully geared vessel”.

    I’ll bet if you look into its etymology it is probably from a Northern English dialect

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  2. Andrei says:

    Well I was wrong on its etymology – its French

    scantling (adj.)
    1520s, “measured or prescribed size,” altered from scantlon, scantiloun “dimension” (c. 1400), earlier a type of mason’s tool for measuring thickness (c. 1300), a shortening of Old French escantillon (Modern French échantillon “sample pattern”), of uncertain origin; perhaps ultimately from Latin scandere “to climb” (see scan (v.)). Sense influenced by scant. Meaning “small wooden beam” is 1660s. Related: Scantlings.

    But I hear it in my head in a Geordie accent 🙂

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