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. measure with or as if with scales; " scale the gold"
  16. pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
  17. climb up by means of a ladder
  18. take by attacking with scaling ladders; " The troops scaled the walls of the fort"
  19. To weigh.
  20. The sign or constellation Libra.
  21. To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. A scale insect. ( See below.)
  26. 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.
  27. The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife.
  28. An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler.
  29. 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.
  30. To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler.
  31. To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface.
  32. To scatter; to spread.
  33. To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder.
  34. To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as, some sandstone scales by exposure.
  35. To separate; to scatter.
  36. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.
  37. Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc.
  41. 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.
  42. Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. To lead up by steps; to ascend.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. To strip of scales; weigh; measure; climb over, as by a ladder; clamber up; ascend by climbing.
  49. To separate and come off in layers; peel.
  50. Scaliness.
  51. A ladder: series of steps: a graduated measure: ( music) a series of all the tones: the order of a numeral system: gradation: proportion: series.
  52. To mount, as by a ladder: to ascend.
  53. One of the small, thin plates on a fish or reptile: a thin layer.
  54. To clear of scales: to peel off in thin layers.
  55. To come off in thin layers.
  56. The dish of a balance: a balance- chiefly in pl.:- pl. Libra, one of the signs of the zodiac.
  57. Dish of a balance; thin plate on the skin of a fish; thin layer.
  58. Graduated measure; gamut; proportion; gradation.
  59. To clear of scales; peel off in layers.
  60. To climb up; ascend.
  61. To come off in layers.
  62. To clear of or to cover with scale or scales.
  63. To pare down.
  64. To come off, as scales or flakes.
  65. To become crusted.
  66. To surmount by climbing.
  67. To draw to scale or measure.
  68. To reduce according to a scale.
  69. Zool. One of the thin, bone like, overlapping plates on the skin of fishes or reptiles.
  70. Any incrustation, as of iron- rust; scab.
  71. The ruled lines on a measure, or a measure so ruled; a system of fixed units of measurement; any graded series.
  72. The succession of tones in an octave or more.
  73. The platform or pan of a balance; also, the balance itself.
  74. Any form of weighing- machine.
  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. To pare off a surface.
  78. To climb by ladders; to mount by steps.
  79. 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.
  80. To take off in thin pieces or layers; to pare the surface from; to peel off in scales.
  81. 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.
  82. To ascend or climb a rocky precipice, as by a ladder.

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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. That, coming on Wemmick's letter and the morning's busy preparation, turned the scale. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  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. He is working on a large scale." – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. There was no sign of activity anywhere, because the scale was so great. – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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