Definition of Scale

1. Noun. An ordered reference standard. "Judging on a scale of 1 to 10"


2. Verb. Measure by or as if by a scale. "This bike scales only 25 pounds"
Generic synonyms: Measure
Derivative terms: Scalage, Scaling

3. Noun. Relative magnitude. "They entertained on a grand scale"

4. Verb. Pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard.
Generic synonyms: Model, Pattern

5. Noun. The ratio between the size of something and a representation of it. "The scale of the model"
Generic synonyms: Proportion

6. Verb. Take by attacking with scaling ladders. "The troops scaled the walls of the fort"
Generic synonyms: Take
Derivative terms: Scaling

7. Noun. A specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin.
Exact synonyms: Scale Leaf
Generic synonyms: Foliage, Leaf, Leafage
Specialized synonyms: Squamule

8. Verb. Reach the highest point of. "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
Exact synonyms: Surmount
Generic synonyms: Arrive At, Attain, Gain, Hit, Make, Reach

9. Noun. A thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin.
Exact synonyms: Exfoliation, Scurf
Generic synonyms: Bit, Chip, Flake, Fleck, Scrap
Specialized synonyms: Dander, Dandruff
Derivative terms: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

10. Verb. Climb up by means of a ladder.
Generic synonyms: Climb, Climb Up, Go Up, Mount
Derivative terms: Scaling

11. Noun. (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave).
Exact synonyms: Musical Scale
Generic synonyms: Musical Notation
Specialized synonyms: Gamut, Diatonic Scale, Chromatic Scale, Gapped Scale
Member holonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone
Category relationships: Music
Derivative terms: Scalar, Scalic

12. Verb. Remove the scales from. "Scale fish"
Exact synonyms: Descale
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

13. Noun. A measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass.
Exact synonyms: Weighing Machine
Specialized synonyms: Balance, Weighbridge
Generic synonyms: Measuring Device, Measuring Instrument, Measuring System

14. Verb. Measure with or as if with scales. "Scale the gold"
Generic synonyms: Measure, Quantify
Derivative terms: Scaling

15. Noun. An indicator having a graduated sequence of marks.
Generic synonyms: Indicator
Specialized synonyms: Vernier, Vernier Scale

16. Verb. Size or measure according to a scale. "This model must be scaled down"
Generic synonyms: Size
Derivative terms: Scalage, Scaling

17. Noun. A metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners).
Exact synonyms: Plate, Shell
Specialized synonyms: Armor Plate, Armor Plating, Armour Plate, Plate Armor, Plate Armour, Horseshoe, Shoe, Shell Plating
Generic synonyms: Shield

18. Noun. A flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals.
Specialized synonyms: Fish Scale, Squama
Generic synonyms: Cover, Covering, Natural Covering
Derivative terms: Scaley, Scaly, Scaly

Definition of Scale

1. n. The dish of a balance; hence, the balance itself; an instrument or machine for weighing; as, to turn the scale; -- chiefly used in the plural when applied to the whole instrument or apparatus for weighing. Also used figuratively.

2. v. t. To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system.

3. n. One of the small, thin, membranous, bony or horny pieces which form the covering of many fishes and reptiles, and some mammals, belonging to the dermal part of the skeleton, or dermoskeleton. See Cycloid, Ctenoid, and Ganoid.

4. v. t. To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler.

5. v. i. To separate and come off in thin layers or laminæ; as, some sandstone scales by exposure.

6. n. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.

7. v. t. To climb by a ladder, or as if by a ladder; to ascend by steps or by climbing; to clamber up; as, to scale the wall of a fort.

8. v. i. To lead up by steps; to ascend.

Definition of Scale

1. Noun. An ordered numerical sequence used for measurement. ¹

2. Noun. Size; scope. ¹

3. Noun. The ratio of depicted distance to actual distance. ¹

4. Noun. A line or bar associated with a drawing, used to indicate measurement when the image has been magnified or reduced ¹

5. Noun. A means of assigning a magnitude. ¹

6. Noun. (music) A series of notes spanning an octave, tritave, or pseudo-octave, used to make melodies. ¹

7. Noun. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To change the size of something whilst maintaining proportion; especially to change a process in order to produce much larger amounts of the final product. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To climb to the top of. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) (''computing'') To tolerate significant increases in throughput or other potentially limiting factors. ¹

11. Noun. Part of an overlapping arrangement of many small, flat and hard pieces of keratin covering the skin of an animal, particularly a fish or reptile. ¹

12. Noun. A small piece of pigmented chitin, many of which coat the wings of a butterfly or moth to give them their color. ¹

13. Noun. A flake of skin of an animal afflicted with dermatitis. ¹

14. Noun. A pine nut of a pinecone. ¹

15. Noun. The flaky material sloughed off heated metal. ¹

16. Noun. Scale mail (as opposed to chain mail). ¹

17. Noun. Limescale ¹

18. Verb. (transitive) To remove the scales of. ¹

19. Verb. (intransitive) To become scaly; to produce or develop scales. ¹

20. Noun. A device to measure mass or weight. ¹

21. Noun. Either of the pans, trays, or dishes of a balance or scales. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scale

1. to climb up or over [v SCALED, SCALING, SCALES]

Medical Definition of Scale

1. A reduced or rudimentary leaf, for example surrounding a dormant bud, a thin flap of tissue, for example on the ventral surface of a liverwort thallus and at the base of a stamen in members of the family Simaroubaceae. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scale

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scalded milk
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scalder
scalders
scaldfish
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scaldingly
scaldings
scaldini
scaldino
scalds
scale-up
scale-winged
scale degree
scale degrees
scale down
scale factor
scale fern
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scale leaf
scale mail
scale mails
scale model
scale moss

Literary usage of Scale

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"It consists of an auxiliary scale of n intervals sliding in contact with the scale to be read, and occupying therein a space of nil intervals. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The Absolute Pitch of Tones, that is the pitch independent of scale ... In the major scale the semi-tones occur between the third and fourth notes and ..."

3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1879)
"Gwalior and Central India, scale 1 inch to 1 mile, sheets 78, 81, 82.—Gwalior Fortress and City, and Morar Cantonment, 1876-77, in 4 sections, scale 6 ..."

4. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1880)
"scale 4 miles to 1 inch.— Punjab Revenue Survey. Shekh Budin Sanitarium. ... scale 16 inches to 1 mile. Season 1874-75. On 2 sheets. ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"It originated in the Huey scale. No matter what the age of the person under ... After the point-scale examination has been made, the results may be ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"It consists of an auxiliary scale of n intervals sliding in contact with the scale to be read, and occupying therein a space of nil intervals. ..."

7. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The Absolute Pitch of Tones, that is the pitch independent of scale ... In the major scale the semi-tones occur between the third and fourth notes and ..."

8. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1879)
"Gwalior and Central India, scale 1 inch to 1 mile, sheets 78, 81, 82.—Gwalior Fortress and City, and Morar Cantonment, 1876-77, in 4 sections, scale 6 ..."

9. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1880)
"scale 4 miles to 1 inch.— Punjab Revenue Survey. Shekh Budin Sanitarium. ... scale 16 inches to 1 mile. Season 1874-75. On 2 sheets. ..."

10. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"It originated in the Huey scale. No matter what the age of the person under ... After the point-scale examination has been made, the results may be ..."

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