Scant vs Null - What's the difference?

scant | null |

As nouns the difference between scant and null

is that scant is (masonry) a block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level while null is zero, nil; the cardinal number before einn.

As an adjective scant

is very little, very few.

As a verb scant

is to limit in amount or share; to stint.

As an adverb scant

is with difficulty; scarcely; hardly.




  • Very little, very few.
  • "After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John."
  • Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; scanty; meager; not enough.
  • a scant''' allowance of provisions or water; a '''scant pattern of cloth for a garment
  • * Ridley
  • His sermon was scant , in all, a quarter of an hour.
  • Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence.


    * few, little, slight * (l)


    * ample, plenty

    Derived terms

    * scanty


    (en verb)
  • To limit in amount or share; to stint.
  • to scant''' someone in provisions; to '''scant ourselves in the use of necessaries
  • * Shakespeare
  • Scant not my cups.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • where man hath a great living laid together and where he is scanted
  • * Dryden
  • I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions.
  • To fail, or become less; to scantle.
  • The wind scants .


    (en noun)
  • (masonry) A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.
  • (masonry) A sheet of stone.
  • (wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.
  • Adverb

  • With difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
  • * Fuller
  • So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs.
    (Francis Bacon)


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    (en noun)
  • A non-existent or empty value or set of values.
  • Zero]] quantity of [[expression, expressions; nothing.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • Something that has no force or meaning.
  • (computing) the ASCII or Unicode character (), represented by a zero value, that indicates no character and is sometimes used as a string terminator.
  • (computing) the attribute of an entity that has no valid value.
  • Since no date of birth was entered for the patient, his age is null .
  • One of the beads in nulled work.
  • (statistics) null hypothesis
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having no validity, "null and void"
  • insignificant
  • * 1924 , Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove :
  • In proportion as we descend the social scale our snobbishness fastens on to mere nothings which are perhaps no more null than the distinctions observed by the aristocracy, but, being more obscure, more peculiar to the individual, take us more by surprise.
  • absent or non-existent
  • (mathematics) of the null set
  • (mathematics) of or comprising a value of precisely zero
  • (genetics, of a mutation) causing a complete loss of gene function, amorphic.
  • Derived terms

    * nullity


    (en verb)
  • to nullify; to annul
  • (Milton)

    See also

    * nil ----