a succession or progression of steps or degrees; graduated series:
the scale of taxation; the social scale.
a series of marks laid down at determinate distances, as along a line, for purposes of measurement or computation:
the scale of a thermometer.
a graduated line, as on a map, representing proportionate size.
a table of graduated rates, as of prices or wages:
These unions use different scales.
a wage that conforms to such rates:
How much is scale?
Also called union scale. a wage fixed by contract that is the minimum permitted to be paid to or accepted by a particular category of employed persons:
All actors and musicians for the performance, including the stars, are working for scale.
an instrument with graduated spaces, as for measuring.
the proportion that a representation of an object bears to the object itself:
a model on a scale of one inch to one foot.
the ratio of distances or sometimes of areas on a map to the corresponding values on the earth.
a certain relative or proportionate size or extent:
They built a residence on a yet more magnificent scale.
a standard of measurement or estimation; point of reference by which to gauge or rate:
We have no scale by which to judge his achievements.
Music. a succession of tones ascending or descending according to fixed intervals, especially such a series beginning on a particular note:
the major scale of C.
Education, Psychology. a graded series of tests or tasks for measuring intelligence, achievement, adjustment, etc.
Arithmetic. a system of numerical notation:
the decimal scale.
anything by which one may ascend.
a flight of stairs.
verb (used with object), scaled, scaling.
to climb by or as if by a ladder; climb up or over.
to make according to scale.
to adjust in amount according to a fixed scale or proportion (often followed by down or up):
to scale down wages.
to measure by or as if by a scale.
to measure (logs).
to estimate the amount of (standing timber).
Australian Informal. to ride on (public transportation) without paying the fare.
verb (used without object), scaled, scaling.
to climb; ascend; mount.
to progress in a graduated series.
any of the numerous plates, made of various substances resembling enamel or dentine, covering the bodies of fishes
any of the horny or chitinous plates covering a part or the entire body of certain reptiles and mammals
any of the numerous minute structures covering the wings of lepidoptera related adjective squamous
a thin flat piece or flake
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the skin: excessive shedding may be the result of a skin disease
a specialized leaf or bract, esp the protective covering of a bud or the dry membranous bract of a catkin
See scale insect
a flaky black oxide of iron formed on the surface of iron or steel at high temperatures
any oxide formed on a metal during heat treatment
another word for limescale
(transitive) to remove the scales or coating from
to peel off or cause to peel off in flakes or scales
(intransitive) to shed scales
to cover or become covered with scales, incrustation, etc
(transitive) to throw (a disc or thin flat object) edgewise through the air or along the surface of water
(intransitive) (Austral, informal) to ride on public transport without paying a fare
(transitive) (South African, slang) to steal (something)
(often pl) a machine or device for weighing
one of the pans of a balance
tip the scales
to exercise a decisive influence
(foll by at) to amount in weight (to)
to weigh with or as if with scales
to have a weight of
a sequence of marks either at regular intervals or else representing equal steps, used as a reference in making measurements
a measuring instrument having such a scale
the ratio between the size of something real and that of a model or representation of it: the scale of the map was so large that we could find our house on it
(as modifier): a scale model
a line, numerical ratio, etc, for showing this ratio
a progressive or graduated table of things, wages, etc, in order of size, value, etc: a wage scale for carpenters
an established measure or standard
a relative degree or extent: he entertained on a grand scale
(music) a group of notes taken in ascending or descending order, esp within the compass of one octave
(maths) the notation of a given number system: the decimal scale
a graded series of tests measuring mental development, etc
(obsolete) a ladder or staircase
to climb to the top of (a height) by or as if by a ladder
(transitive) to make or draw (a model, plan, etc) according to a particular ratio of proportionate reduction
(transitive; usually foll by up or down) to increase or reduce proportionately in size, etc
(US & Canadian) (in forestry) to estimate the board footage of (standing timber or logs)
scale 1 (skāl)
A dry, thin flake of epidermis shed from the skin.
One of the many small, platelike dermal or epidermal structures that characteristically form the external covering of fishes, reptiles, and certain mammals.
v. scaled, scal·ing, scales
To come off in scales or layers; flake.
To become encrusted.
To remove tartar from tooth surfaces with a pointed instrument.
A system of ordered marks at fixed intervals used as a reference standard in measurement.
An instrument or device bearing such marks.
A proportion used in determining the dimensional relationship of a representation to that which it represents.
A standard of measurement or judgment; a criterion.
An instrument or a machine for weighing.
Either of the pans, trays, or dishes of a balance.
One of the small thin plates forming the outer covering of fish, reptiles, and certain other animals.
A similar part, such as one of the minute structures overlapping to form the covering on the wings of butterflies and moths.
A small, thin, usually dry plant part, such as one of the protective leaves that cover a tree bud or one of the structures that contain the reproductive organs on the cones of a conifer.
A plant disease caused by scale insects.
An ordered system of numbering or indexing that is used as a reference standard in measurement, in which each number corresponds to some physical quantity. Some scales, such as temperature scales, have equal intervals; other scales, such as the Richter scale, are arranged as a geometric progression.
An instrument or a machine for weighing.
In music, the sequence of tones that a piece of music principally uses. A composition in the key of C-major uses the C-major scale, made up of the white keys on a piano.
A system of marks set at fixed intervals, used as a standard for measurement.
Note: On a map, plan, or chart, a scale indicates the proportion between the representation and what it represents, such as the legend “One inch equals twenty miles” on a map.
Note: Temperature scales divide up the range of temperatures into equal degrees.
- Scale drawing
noun a drawing with dimensions at a specific ratio relative to the actual size of the object drawn Examples This activity will teach you how to make a 1:2 scale drawing. Word Origin 1856
noun 1. any of numerous small, plant-sucking homopterous insects of the superfamily Coccoidea, the males of which are winged and the females wingless, often covered by a waxy secretion resembling scales. scale insect noun 1. any small homopterous insect of the family Coccidae and related families, which typically live and feed on plants and secrete […]
noun 1. a scalelike leaf, as a bud scale or certain bracts. noun (botany) 1. a modified leaf, often small and membranous, protecting buds, etc 2. any of the leaves of some conifers, such as cypresses, that are small and tightly pressed to the stem
noun 1. Zoology. one of the thin, flat, horny plates forming the covering of certain animals, as snakes, lizards, and pangolins. one of the hard, bony or dentinal plates, either flat or denticulate, forming the covering of certain other animals, as fishes. 2. any thin, platelike piece, lamina, or flake that peels off from a […]