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Definitions of scale

  1. remove the scales from; " scale fish"
  2. a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
  3. an ordered reference standard; " judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
  4. ( music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme ( usually within an octave)
  5. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness ( such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  6. measure by or as if by a scale; " This bike scales only 25 pounds"
  7. a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
  8. an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks
  9. a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass
  10. a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
  11. relative magnitude; " they entertained on a grand scale"
  12. the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it; " the scale of the map"; " the scale of the model"
  13. size or measure according to a scale
  14. reach the highest point of; " We scaled the Mont Blanc"
  15. size or measure according to a scale; " This model must be scaled down"
  16. measure with or as if with scales; " scale the gold"
  17. pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
  18. climb up by means of a ladder
  19. take by attacking with scaling ladders; " The troops scaled the walls of the fort"
  20. To weigh.
  21. The sign or constellation Libra.
  22. To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  26. A scale insect. ( See below.)
  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.
  28. The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife.
  29. An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler.
  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.
  31. To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler.
  32. To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface.
  33. To scatter; to spread.
  34. To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder.
  35. To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as, some sandstone scales by exposure.
  36. To separate; to scatter.
  37. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.
  38. Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.
  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.
  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.
  41. A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc.
  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.
  43. Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being.
  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.
  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.
  46. To lead up by steps; to ascend.
  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.
  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.
  49. To strip of scales; weigh; measure; climb over, as by a ladder; clamber up; ascend by climbing.
  50. To separate and come off in layers; peel.
  51. Scaly.
  52. Scaliness.
  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.
  54. A strip of metal, glass, or other substance, marked off in lines, for measuring.
  55. Very small sheet of dead skin; also applied to similar sheet of bone.
  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.
  57. To mount, as by a ladder: to ascend.
  58. One of the small, thin plates on a fish or reptile: a thin layer.
  59. To clear of scales: to peel off in thin layers.
  60. To come off in thin layers.
  61. The dish of a balance: a balance- chiefly in pl.:- pl. Libra, one of the signs of the zodiac.
  62. Dish of a balance; thin plate on the skin of a fish; thin layer.
  63. Graduated measure; gamut; proportion; gradation.
  64. To clear of scales; peel off in layers.
  65. To climb up; ascend.
  66. To come off in layers.
  67. To clear of or to cover with scale or scales.
  68. To pare down.
  69. To come off, as scales or flakes.
  70. To become crusted.
  71. To surmount by climbing.
  72. To draw to scale or measure.
  73. To reduce according to a scale.
  74. Zool. One of the thin, bone like, overlapping plates on the skin of fishes or reptiles.
  75. Any incrustation, as of iron- rust; scab.
  76. The ruled lines on a measure, or a measure so ruled; a system of fixed units of measurement; any graded series.
  77. The succession of tones in an octave or more.
  78. The platform or pan of a balance; also, the balance itself.
  79. Any form of weighing- machine.
  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.
  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.
  82. To pare off a surface.
  83. To climb by ladders; to mount by steps.
  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.
  85. To take off in thin pieces or layers; to pare the surface from; to peel off in scales.
  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.
  87. To ascend or climb a rocky precipice, as by a ladder.
  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.
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Antonyms for scale

gauge, make, put, reckon, suppose, calculate.

Quotes of scale

  1. Justice turns the scale bringing to some learning through suffering. – Aeschylus
  2. The man whose only pleasure in life is making money, weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm. – Josh Billings
  3. Socialism is nothing more nor less than the social, political and ideological system which breaks the fetters upon economic growth created under capitalism and opens the way to a new period of economic and social expansion on a much larger scale – Earl Browder
  4. Once the image was in the digital environment, one of the problems was, we had no means to reproduce the color spectrum, grey scale and contrast that film produces, without converting the digital file to film, evaluating it, then going back and changing the digital image. – John Dykstra
  5. When you have a crime against humanity that is so awesome in scale and death, it is more than permissible to look around and say, who recently has been declaring war on the United States? Of course, the compass points straight to bin Laden. – Robert Fisk
  6. We have spoken of beings so low in the scale that the individuals throughout their whole existence are not sufficiently specialized to be distinctively plant or animal: yet these are definite life in simpler shape. – Asa Gray
  7. But let no one be under any doubt that the scale of the challenge that Europe faces in this emerging global economy is immense and the practical pace of our collective action to meet these challenge to date has just been too slow. – John Hutton
  8. First I would probably place men at the bottom of the food chain. On a grander scale I would say they're reacting to change. Feminism has got to be part of that. – Neil LaBute
  9. What you see happening right now with some of the consolidation is all about more spectrum and capital formation that give you the scale scope and resources to invest in that 3G world. – Steve Largent
  10. The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium- that is, of any extension of ourselves- result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. – Marshall McLuhan
  11. I am not that concerned that innovation in some large scale sense will suddenly and abruptly shift from one part of the world to another. – Craig Mundie
  12. On a cosmic scale our life is insignificant, yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise. – Paul Ricoeur
  13. I like to act. I work for scale I don't have an acting agent. I'm in the book. – John Sayles
  14. Power doesn't have to be on such a big scale for powerful things to occur. Within your own home, you can be a powerful woman as a mother, influencing your children's lives. – Jill Scott
  15. My MELD score was pretty high. And the worse you get on that scale the sooner you get a transplant. It's based on how sick you are. And believe me, I was pretty sick. – Pat Summerall

Usage examples for scale

  1. I was brought up in a household which cost at least seven or eight times that; and I am in constant money difficulties because I simply dont know how to live on the thousand a year scale – Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
  2. He is working on a large scale – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  3. They are altogether on a smaller scale of art, of thought, of emotion. – Milton by John Bailey
  4. There was no sign of activity anywhere, because the scale was so great. – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  5. Made on a small scale he was pretty rather than handsome, had quiet watchful eyes, a smiling mouth, very little hands and feet. – Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  6. If we don't act, our economy will probably keep doing what it's been doing since about 1978, when the income growth began to go to those at the very top of our economic scale – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  7. If all the men in the world were put on one side of a scale and all the women on the other, the scale would probably stand perfectly still. – The Book of Business Etiquette by Nella Henney
  8. 5736. Is that done on a larger scale than in home fishing? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. I have heard men ask the question, " why can't clocks be made in Europe on such a scale where labor is so cheap?" – History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome by Chauncey Jerome
  10. Moreover, in this rank of the social scale the private and personal influence of the priests, through the women of the family, is very powerful. – Rome in 1860 by Edward Dicey
  11. No matter if they have gone down in social scale and you up; no matter if poverty and misfortune have come to them while prosperity came to you; are they any less true for that? – The Jericho Road by W. Bion Adkins
  12. Altogether there is about enough left to suggest the memory of Glastonbury, though Saint- Evroul is certainly not on the scale of Glastonbury, even without the western church. – Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine by Edward A. Freeman Commentator: W. H. Hutton
  13. This business which offered a good many difficulties was happily arranged by the action of pure chance; and I am glad to confess that often in my life has chance turned the scale in my favour. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  14. And what did they do to the remaining small- scale farmers? – Down-with-the-Cities by Nakashima, Tadashi
  15. All his life until retiring from business, Watt's care was to obtain sufficient for the support of himself and family upon the most modest scale – James Watt by Andrew Carnegie
  16. Were the first the only consideration, all nations would form the same scale – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  17. After Amador's return in late July a full- scale investigation was ordered. – The Aboriginal Population of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, California by S. F. Cook
  18. That, coming on Wemmick's letter and the morning's busy preparation, turned the scale – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  19. The bathing establishment is on a very large scale and contains every thing requisite for the frequenters of the waters. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  20. You scale all the logs I cut. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

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