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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scale, scale of measurement, graduated table, ordered series(noun)

    an ordered reference standard

    "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"

  2. scale(noun)

    relative magnitude

    "they entertained on a grand scale"

  3. scale(noun)

    the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it

    "the scale of the map"; "the scale of the model"

  4. scale, scale leaf(noun)

    a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin

  5. scale, scurf, exfoliation(noun)

    a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin

  6. scale, musical scale(noun)

    (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)

  7. scale, weighing machine(noun)

    a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass

  8. scale(noun)

    an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks

  9. plate, scale, shell(noun)

    a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

  10. scale(verb)

    a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals

  11. scale(verb)

    measure by or as if by a scale

    "This bike scales only 25 pounds"

  12. scale(verb)

    pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard

  13. scale(verb)

    take by attacking with scaling ladders

    "The troops scaled the walls of the fort"

  14. scale, surmount(verb)

    reach the highest point of

    "We scaled the Mont Blanc"

  15. scale(verb)

    climb up by means of a ladder

  16. scale, descale(verb)

    remove the scales from

    "scale fish"

  17. scale(verb)

    measure with or as if with scales

    "scale the gold"

  18. scale(verb)

    size or measure according to a scale

    "This model must be scaled down"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scale(noun)

    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

  2. Scale(noun)

    the sign or constellation Libra

  3. Scale(verb)

    to weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system

  4. Scale(noun)

    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

  5. Scale(noun)

    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

  6. Scale(noun)

    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

  7. Scale(noun)

    a scale insect. (See below.)

  8. Scale(noun)

    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

  9. Scale(noun)

    the thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife

  10. Scale(noun)

    an incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler

  11. Scale(noun)

    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

  12. Scale(verb)

    to strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler

  13. Scale(verb)

    to take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface

  14. Scale(verb)

    to scatter; to spread

  15. Scale(verb)

    to clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder

  16. Scale(verb)

    to separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as, some sandstone scales by exposure

  17. Scale(verb)

    to separate; to scatter

  18. Scale(noun)

    a ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending

  19. Scale(noun)

    hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals

  20. Scale(noun)

    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

  21. Scale(noun)

    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

  22. Scale(noun)

    a basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc

  23. Scale(noun)

    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

  24. Scale(noun)

    gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being

  25. Scale(noun)

    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

  26. Scale(verb)

    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

  27. Scale(verb)

    to lead up by steps; to ascend

  28. Origin: [L. scalae, pl., scala staircase, ladder; akin to scandere to climb. See Scan; cf. Escalade.]


  1. Scale

    In most biological nomenclature, a scale is a small rigid plate that grows out of an animal's skin to provide protection. In lepidopteran species, scales are plates on the surface of the insect wing, and provide coloration. Scales are quite common and have evolved multiple times with varying structure and function. Scales are generally classified as part of an organism's integumentary system. There are various types of scales according to shape and to class of animal.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. scale

    The ratio or fraction between the distance on a map, chart, or photograph and the corresponding distance on the surface of the Earth. See also conversion scale; graphic scale; photographic scale; principal scale.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scale' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1425

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scale' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1367

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scale' in Nouns Frequency: #526

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Royal Dutch Shell:

    It's not small-scale maintenance.

  2. Arati Prabhakar:

    Pace today matters on every scale.

  3. Michael W. Moore:

    Paranoia is a finer scale of reality.

  4. Andrew Johnson:

    That's the secret sauce to go to scale.

  5. Steve King:

    This is retribution on the highest scale.

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Translations for scale

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ميزانArabic
  • skeulBreton
  • stupnice, měřítko, šupina, váha, okujCzech
  • Skala, Tonleiter, Ausmaß, Maßstab, Schuppe, Waage, skalieren, entschuppen, besteigen, schuppen, Waagschale, Schuppenpanzer, erklimmenGerman
  • μέγεθος, έκταση, κλίμακα, λέπι, ζυγαριάGreek
  • pesiloEsperanto
  • escala, gama, escama, balanza, platillo, escalar, escamarSpanish
  • mõõtmestamaEstonian
  • فلس, ترازو, برگستوان, میزانPersian
  • mittakaava, skaala, asteikko, luokka, sävelasteikko, hilseillä, suomu, varsivaaka, hilse, pajahilse, suomupanssari, kiivetä, [[poistaa]] [[hilse]], skaalautua, höylätä, vaaka, vaakakuppi, skaalata, suomustaa, [[muuttaa]] [[mittakaavaa]], kivuta, kuoriaFinnish
  • échelle, gamme, balance, écaille, plateau, barbure, réduire, escalader, squame, agrandir, écaillerFrench
  • sgèile, meudachdScottish Gaelic
  • તુલાGujarati
  • סולם, קנה מידה, קשקשHebrew
  • तराज़ू, तुलाHindi
  • hangsor, beosztás, mérleg, skálaHungarian
  • նժար, թեփ, կշեռք, թեփուկArmenian
  • balancoIdo
  • scala, scaglia, bilancia, squamaItalian
  • スケール, 目盛り, 大きさ, 縮尺比, 強度, 規模, 等級, 音階, 鱗, はかり, 鱗片, 秤, 天秤, 見合う, 鱗を除く, ガサガサにする, 肌荒れを起こす, 登る, 鱗を落とすJapanese
  • 정도, 비늘Korean
  • terazîKurdish
  • scala, lībraLatin
  • skalė, mastas, mastelis, žvynai, svarstyklėsLithuanian
  • zvīņasLatvian
  • hātepe, āwhata, unahiMāori
  • skala, skjellNorwegian
  • schaal, toonladder, schub, weegschaalDutch
  • skala, skjellNorwegian Nynorsk
  • vektNorwegian
  • skala, łuska, wagaPolish
  • escala, tamanho, escale, escama, balança, subir, descamar, prato, escalar, escamarPortuguese
  • solz, cântarRomanian
  • шкала, масштаб, гамма, чешуя, весы, чешуйка, чаша весовRussian
  • ljestvica, mjerilo, stupnice, krljušt, вага, vaga, terazije, тас, tas, ljȕska, теразије, кантар, kantarSerbo-Croatian
  • škála, stupnica, lupinaSlovak
  • skala, velikost, lestvica, merilo, luska, vaga, tehtnicaSlovene
  • måttstock, skala, vågskål, fjälla, fjäll, balansvåg, fjällpansar, våg, bestigaSwedish
  • mzaniSwahili
  • స్థాయి, పరిమాణము, ప్రమాణము, స్కేలు, కొలత, కాటా, త్రాసుTelugu
  • kaliskisTagalog
  • kantar, ölçeklemek, tırmanmak, terazi, ölçeklendirmekTurkish
  • ترازو, تلا, میزانUrdu
  • tegülVolapük

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