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  1. remove the scales from; "scale fish" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. measure by or as if by a scale; "This bike scales only 25 pounds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. relative magnitude; "they entertained on a grand scale" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. size or measure according to a scale Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. size or measure according to a scale; "This model must be scaled down" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. measure with or as if with scales; "scale the gold" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. climb up by means of a ladder Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. take by attacking with scaling ladders; "The troops scaled the walls of the fort" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. To weigh. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. The sign or constellation Libra. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. A scale insect. (See below.) Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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
  28. The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. 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
  31. To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To scatter; to spread. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as, some sandstone scales by exposure. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To separate; to scatter. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. To lead up by steps; to ascend. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. 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
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. To separate and come off in layers; peel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  51. Scaly. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  52. Scaliness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  53. 1. A thin plate of bone. 2. A small thin plate of horny epithelium, resembling a fish-scale, cast off from the skin. 3. To desquamate. 4. To remove tartar from the teeth. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  54. A strip of metal, glass, or other substance, marked off in lines, for measuring. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  55. Very small sheet of dead skin; also applied to similar sheet of bone. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  56. 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.
  57. To mount, as by a ladder: to ascend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  58. 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.
  59. To clear of scales: to peel off in thin layers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  60. To come off in thin layers. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. Graduated measure; gamut; proportion; gradation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  64. To clear of scales; peel off in layers. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  65. To climb up; ascend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  66. To come off in layers. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  67. To clear of or to cover with scale or scales. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  68. To pare down. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  69. To come off, as scales or flakes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  70. To become crusted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  71. To surmount by climbing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  72. To draw to scale or measure. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  73. To reduce according to a scale. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  74. 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.
  75. Any incrustation, as of iron-rust; scab. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  76. 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.
  77. The succession of tones in an octave or more. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  78. 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.
  79. Any form of weighing-machine. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. To pare off a surface. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  83. To climb by ladders; to mount by steps. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. A flat, small, platelike external structure, dermal or epidermal ; a bony, horny, or chitinous outgrowth ; the bract of a catkin, being of a scaly nature ; the ligule of certain flowers ; a modification of a stellate hair on certain leaves. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  89. [Anglo-Saxon] A flat, small, platelike external structure, dermal or epidermal; a bony, horny, or chitinous outgrowth (zool.); the bract of a catkin, being of a scaly nature; the ligule of certain flowers; a modification of a stellate hair on certain leaves (bot.). na
  90. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  91. 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. dictgcide_fs
  92. sk[=a]l, n. a ladder: series of steps: a graduated measure: (mus.) a series of all the tones ascending or descending from the keynote to its octave, called the gamut: the order of a numeral system: gradation: proportion: series.--v.t. to mount, as by a ladder: to ascend: to draw in true proportion: to measure logs: to decrease proportionally, as every part.--v.i. to lead up by steps: (Scot.) to disperse, to spill, to spread as manure.--ns. SCALE'-BOARD (print.), a thin slip of wood for extending a page to its true length, making types register, securing uniformity of margin, &c.; SCALE'-PIPETTE', a tubular pipette with a graduated scale for taking up definite quantities of liquid; SCAL'ING-LADD'ER, a ladder used for the escalade of an enemy's fortress: a fireman's ladder: (her.) a bearing representing a ladder, with two hooks and two ferrules. [L. scala, a ladder--scand[)e]re, to mount.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  93. sk[=a]l, n. one of the small, thin plates on a fish or reptile: a thin layer: a husk: the covering of the leaf-buds of deciduous trees: a piece of cuticle that is squamous or horny: a flake: an encrustation on the side of a vessel in which water is heated.--v.t. to clear of scales: to peel off in thin layers.--v.i. to come off in thin layers.--ns. SCALE'-ARM'OUR, armour consisting of scales of metal overlapping each other: plate-mail; SCALE'-BACK, a marine worm covered with scales.--adjs. SCALE'-BEAR'ING, having scales, as the sea-mice; SCALED, having scales: covered with scales.--ns. SCALE'-DOVE, an American dove having the plumage marked as with scales; SCALE'-FISH, a dry cured fish, as the haddock; SCALE'-FOOT, the scabbard-fish; SCALE'-IN'SECT, any insect of the homopterous family Coccidæ.--adj. SCALE'LESS, without scales, as the scaleless amphibians.--n. SCALE'-MOSS, certain plants which resemble moss.--adj. SCALE'-PATT'ERN, having a pattern resembling scales.--ns. SCALE'-QUAIL, an American quail having scale-like markings of the plumage; SC[=A]'LER, one who makes a business of scaling fish: an instrument used by dentists in removing tartar.--adjs. SCALE'-TAILED, having scales on the under side of the tail; SCALE'-WINGED, having the wings covered with minute scales, as a butterfly.--ns. SCALE'-WORK, scales lapping over each other; SCALE'-WORM, a scale-back: SCAL'INESS, the state of being scaly: roughness; SCAL'ING, the process of removing scales from a fish, or encrustations from the interior of a boiler; SCAL'ING-FUR'NACE, a furnace in which plates of iron are heated for the purpose of scaling them, as in tinning.--adj. SCAL'Y, covered with scales: like scales: shabby: (bot.) formed of scales. [A.S. sceale, scale, the scale of a fish; Ger. schale, shell.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  94. sk[=a]l, n. the dish of a balance: a balance, as to turn the scale--chiefly in pl.: (pl.) Libra, one of the signs of the zodiac.--v.t. to weigh, as in scales: to estimate.--ns. SCALE'-BEAM, the beam or lever of a balance; SCALE'-MICROM'ETER, in a telescope, a graduated scale for measuring distances; SC[=A]L'ING, the process of adjusting sights to a ship's guns.--BEAM AND SCALES, a balance; GUNTER'S SCALE, a scale for solving mechanically problems in navigation and surveying. [A.S. scále, a balance; Dut. schaal, Ger. schale; allied to preceding word.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  95. An opake and thickened lamina of cuticle, commonly produced by some degree of inflammation of the true skin, over which it is formed. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  96. [Latin] A dry, thin, plate-like structure; especially, such a structure forming the superficial layer of a surface or shed off from it, as the thin plates composed of epithelial cells shed from the skin in health and in disease. na
  97. [Latin] Anything marked off at regular intervals; a graduated measure, as a Thermometric s. na
  98. [Latin] In music, a series of notes succeeding each other at definite and regular intervals. na
  99. One of the thin horny overlapping plates protecting the skin of many fishes& reptiles; plate or thin outer piece with some resemblance to fish-s. in organic or other object, e.g. pod, husk, rudimentary leaf or feather, bract, metamorphosed hair of lepidoptera, bulb-layer, flake of skin, scab, lamina on surface of rusty iron; (without a) incrustation inside boiler &c., tartar on teeth; s.-armour, of metal ss. attached to leather &c.; s.-board, very thin for back of mirror, picture, &c.; s.-borer, machine for removing s. from boilertubes; s.-fern, ceterach; s.-insect, kinds that cling fast to plants& secrete a shield-like s. as covering; s.-moss, kinds of plant with s.-like leaves resembling moss; s.-winged, lepidopterous; s.-work, overlapping arrangement, imbrication; hence (-)scaled, scaleless, scaly, aa., scaliness n. (Vb) take away scale (s) from (s. fish, almonds, peas, teeth, iron); (of skin, metal, &c.) form, come off in, drop, ss.; (of ss.) come off. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  100. Dish of simple balance (throw sword into s., back claim with arms; turn the s. of motive or circumstance, be decisive); (pl.) a simple balance (also pair of ss.) or weighing-instrument (hold the ss. even, be impartial judge). (Vb) weigh in ss. (rare); (of thing weighed) show (specified weight) in the ss. (scales 10 st., 100 lo.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  101. Series of degrees, ladderlike arrangement or classification, graded system, (is high in the s. of creation or social, intellectual, &c., s.; sink in the s., fall to lower rank or level; at the top, bottom, of the s.; sliding-s., see slide); (Mus.) set of sounds belonging to a key arranged in order of pitch (diatonic, CHROMATIC, MAJOR, MINOR, s.; play, sing, run over one\'s, ss., as exercise for fingers or voice); (often s. of notation) basis of numerical system as shown in ratio between units in different places of number (binary, decimal, &c., s.); relative dimensions, ratio of reduction& enlargement in map &c., (philanthropy, armies, on a vast s.; a building of small s. but fine proportions; large, small, -s. map; the s. to be one to fifty thousand, an inch to the mile, 1/1000, &c.); set of marks at measured distances on a line for use in measuring or making proportional reductions& enlargements, rule determining intervals between these, piece of metal &c. or apparatus on which they are marked (gunter\'s s.). (Vb) climb (wall, steep place, or abs.) with ladder or by clambering; represent in dimensions proportional to the actual ones, reduce to common s., (s. up, down, make larger, smaller, in due proportion); (of quantities &c.) have common s., be commensurable; scaling ladder, used in escalades. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  102. A thin fragment or lamina of dried epidermis or bone; also a similar product resulting from a dried discharge. See also epidermal cell under cell. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  103. To remove tartar from teeth. [Old Eng.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  104. [L.] A graduated line showing the proportion between a picture and the thing it represents; as the scale attached to a plan. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  105. [L.] A graduated line, used to show the distance of a movable point from a fixed point; as the scale of a thermometer. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  106. [L.] The radix or base of a numerical system; as the decimal scale. (For Scale of colour, vide Colour.) Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  107. [L.] The ratio of a distance on a map to the same distance on the ground; as the scale of an inch to the mile. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  108. n. [Anglo Saxon, Icelandic] The dish of a balance; hence, the balance itself; an instrument or machine for weighing-chiefly in the plural. Cabinet Dictionary
  109. n. [Anglo-Saxon] One of the small, thin, membranous or bony pieces which form the covering of many fishes and reptiles;-hence, any thin layer or leaf of metal or other material. Cabinet Dictionary
  110. n. [Latin] A ladder; a series of steps;—act of mounting or storming a place by ladders; escalade;— a mathematical instrument of brass or wood marked by lines or degrees at regular intervals ;-rule; measure in music, gamut, or graduating series of all the tones, ascending or descending from the key-tone to its octave ;-hence, gradation ; scheme of comparative rank or order;- relative dimensions without difference in proportion of parts. Cabinet Dictionary

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