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Definitions of scale

  1. To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To scatter; to spread. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To strip of scales; weigh; measure; climb over, as by a ladder; clamber up; ascend by climbing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To mount, as by a ladder: to ascend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To clear of scales: to peel off in thin layers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To clear of scales; peel off in layers. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To climb up; ascend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To clear of or to cover with scale or scales. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To pare down. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To surmount by climbing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To draw to scale or measure. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To reduce according to a scale. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as, some sandstone scales by exposure. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To separate; to scatter. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To lead up by steps; to ascend. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To separate and come off in layers; peel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. To come off in thin layers. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To come off in layers. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. remove the scales from; "scale fish" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. measure by or as if by a scale; "This bike scales only 25 pounds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. size or measure according to a scale Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. To come off, as scales or flakes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To become crusted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To pare off a surface. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To climb by ladders; to mount by steps. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To take off in thin pieces or layers; to pare the surface from; to peel off in scales. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. To ascend or climb a rocky precipice, as by a ladder. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. Any form of weighing-machine. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  35. an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  36. (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. relative magnitude; "they entertained on a grand scale" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it; "the scale of the map"; "the scale of the model" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. measure with or as if with scales; "scale the gold" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  42. pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard Wordnet Dictionary DB
  43. climb up by means of a ladder Wordnet Dictionary DB
  44. take by attacking with scaling ladders; "The troops scaled the walls of the fort" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  45. The sign or constellation Libra. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. Hence, any layer or leaf of metal or other material, resembling in size and thinness the scale of a fish; as, a scale of iron, of bone, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. One of the small scalelike structures covering parts of some invertebrates, as those on the wings of Lepidoptera and on the body of Thysanura; the elytra of certain annelids. See Lepidoptera. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. A scale insect. (See below.) Webster Dictionary DB
  50. A small appendage like a rudimentary leaf, resembling the scales of a fish in form, and often in arrangement; as, the scale of a bud, of a pine cone, and the like. The name is also given to the chaff on the stems of ferns. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. The thin oxide which forms on the surface of iron forgings. It consists essentially of the magnetic oxide, Fe3O4. Also, a similar coating upon other metals. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. A mathematical instrument, consisting of a slip of wood, ivory, or metal, with one or more sets of spaces graduated and numbered on its surface, for measuring or laying off distances, etc., as in drawing, plotting, and the like. See Gunter's scale. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. A series of spaces marked by lines, and representing proportionately larger distances; as, a scale of miles, yards, feet, etc., for a map or plan. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. The graduated series of all the tones, ascending or descending, from the keynote to its octave; -- called also the gamut. It may be repeated through any number of octaves. See Chromatic scale, Diatonic scale, Major scale, and Minor scale, under Chromatic, Diatonic, Major, and Minor. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. Relative dimensions, without difference in proportion of parts; size or degree of the parts or components in any complex thing, compared with other like things; especially, the relative proportion of the linear dimensions of the parts of a drawing, map, model, etc., to the dimensions of the corresponding parts of the object that is represented; as, a map on a scale of an inch to a mile. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. One of the pans of a balance; often in the plural, a balance itself; an instrument or machine for weighing; one of the small bony or horny plates covering fish, and certain snakes and insects; one of the thick leaves which protect the bud of a plant in winter; any thin layer like a scale; a graduated measure; especially, a series of marks designating proportionately greater distances; as, the scale of miles on a map; in music, a series of tones, regularly ascending or descending in an octave or more; a progressive series; as, a scale of taxation; proportion between a representation and what it represents; as, a drawing on the scale of an inch to a foot; basis for a system of numbering; as, the decimal scale. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  64. Scaliness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  65. A ladder: series of steps: a graduated measure: (music) a series of all the tones: the order of a numeral system: gradation: proportion: series. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  66. One of the small, thin plates on a fish or reptile: a thin layer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  67. The dish of a balance: a balance-chiefly in pl.:-pl. Libra, one of the signs of the zodiac. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  68. Dish of a balance; thin plate on the skin of a fish; thin layer. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  69. Graduated measure; gamut; proportion; gradation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  70. Zool. One of the thin, bone like, overlapping plates on the skin of fishes or reptiles. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  71. Any incrustation, as of iron-rust; scab. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  72. The ruled lines on a measure, or a measure so ruled; a system of fixed units of measurement; any graded series. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  73. The succession of tones in an octave or more. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  74. The platform or pan of a balance; also, the balance itself. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  75. The dish of a balance; a balance; the sign Libra in the zodiac; the small shell or crust on a fish; any thin layer or lamina. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  76. A ladder; series of steps; act of storming a place by ladders; an escalade; a mathematical instrument on which are marked lines and figures at regular intervals; regular gradation; anything graduated or marked with degrees at equal distances; a gamut, consisting of a graduated scale of musical notes. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  77. The dish of a balance; one of the thin plates that form the covering of many fish; a thin piece that can be separated; a lamina. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  78. A series of steps; anything marked in parts at equal distances; an instrument graduated or divided into parts, used for mathematical and philosophical purposes; a natural series of musical sounds; the natural order of progression on which any system of notation is based. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for scale

  1. You scale all the logs I cut. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  2. They are altogether on a smaller scale of art, of thought, of emotion. – Milton by John Bailey
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