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