Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To scant; to be niggardly with; to divide into small pieces; to cut short or down.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be deficient; to fail.
  • transitive v. To scant; to be niggard of; to divide into small pieces; to cut short or down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become less; fail; be or become deficient.
  • To make less; lessen; draw in.
  • To cut up or divide into small pieces; partition.
  • To cut down or cut short; scant.
  • n. A gage by which slates are regulated to their proper length.

Etymologies

Old French escanteler, eschanteler. (Wiktionary)

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