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Meaning of SCALE

Pronunciation:  skeyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
  2. [n]  a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  3. [n]  an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks
  4. [n]  a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass
  5. [n]  (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
  6. [n]  a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
  7. [n]  a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
  8. [n]  relative magnitude; "they entertained on a grand scale"
  9. [n]  the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it; "the scale of the map"; "the scale of the model"
  10. [n]  an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
  11. [v]  size or measure according to a scale
  12. [v]  measure with or as if with scales; "scale the gold"
  13. [v]  remove the scales from; "scale fish"
  14. [v]  pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
  15. [v]  climb up by means of a ladder
  16. [v]  reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
  17. [v]  take by attacking with scaling ladders; "The troops took the fort"
  18. [v]  measure by or as if by a scale; "This bike scales only 25 pounds"

SCALE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: descale, exfoliation, graduated table, musical scale, ordered series, plate, scale leaf, scale of measurement, scurf, shell, surmount, weighing machine
 See Also: armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, arrive at, attain, balance, Beaufort scale, bit, chip, chromatic scale, climb, climb up, cover, covering, criterion, dander, dandruff, diatonic scale, fish scale, flake, fleck, foliage, gain, gamut, gapped scale, go up, hit, horseshoe, index, indicator, leaf, leafage, logarithmic scale, magnitude relation, make, measure, measure, measure, measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system, Mercalli scale, model, Mohs scale, mount, musical notation, musical note, natural covering, note, pattern, plate armor, plate armour, proportion, proportionality, quantify, quantitative relation, reach, remove, Richter scale, scrap, shell plating, shield, shoe, size, squama, squamule, standard, take, take, take away, temperature scale, tone, touchstone, U-shaped plate, vernier, vernier scale, wage scale, wage schedule, weighbridge, wind scale, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scale\ (sk[=a]l), n. [AS. sc[=a]le; perhaps influenced by
    the kindred Icel. sk[=a]l balance, dish, akin also to D.
    schaal a scale, bowl, shell, G. schale, OHG. sc[=a]la, Dan.
    skaal drinking cup, bowl, dish, and perh. to E. scale of a
    fish. Cf. {Scale} of a fish, {Skull} the brain case.]
    1. 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
             Long time in even scale The battle hung. --Milton.
             The scales are turned; her kindness weighs no more
             Now than my vows.                     --Waller.
    2. pl. (Astron.) The sign or constellation Libra.
    {Platform scale}. See under {Platform}.
  2. \Scale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scaled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also,
    to grade or vary according to a scale or system.
          Scaling his present bearing with his past. --Shak.
    {To} {scale, or scale down}, {a debt, wages, etc.}, to reduce
       a debt, etc., according to a fixed ratio or scale. [U.S.]
  3. \Scale\, n. [Cf. AS. scealu, scalu, a shell, parings; akin
    to D. schaal, G. schale, OHG. scala, Dan. & Sw. skal a shell,
    Dan. ski[ae]l a fish scale, Goth. skalja tile, and E. shale,
    shell, and perhaps also to scale of a balance; but perhaps
    rather fr. OF. escale, escaile, F. ['e]caille scale of a
    fish, and ['e]cale shell of beans, pease, eggs, nuts, of
    German origin, and akin to Goth. skalja, G. schale. See
    1. (Anat.) 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}.
             Fish that, with their fins and shining scales, Glide
             under the green wave.                 --Milton.
    2. 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.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) 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}.
    4. (Zo["o]l.) A scale insect. (See below.)
    5. (Bot.) 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.
    6. The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a
       pocketknife. See Illust. of {Pocketknife}.
    7. An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which
       water is heated, as a steam boiler.
    8. (Metal.) 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.
    {Covering scale} (Zo["o]l.), a hydrophyllium.
    {Ganoid scale}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Ganoid}.
    {Scale armor} (Mil.), armor made of small metallic scales
       overlapping, and fastened upon leather or cloth.
    {Scale beetle} (Zo["o]l.), the tiger beetle.
    {Scale carp} (Zo["o]l.), a carp having normal scales.
    {Scale insect} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
       small hemipterous insects belonging to the family
       {Coccid[ae]}, in which the females, when adult, become
       more or less scalelike in form. They are found upon the
       leaves and twigs of various trees and shrubs, and often do
       great damage to fruit trees. See {Orange scale},under
    {Scale moss} (Bot.), any leafy-stemmed moss of the order
       {Hepatic[ae]}; -- so called from the small imbricated
       scalelike leaves of most of the species. See {Hepatica},
       2, and {Jungermannia}.
  4. \Scale\, v. t.
    1. To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish;
       to scale the inside of a boiler.
    2. To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the
       teeth; to pare off, as a surface. ``If all the mountains
       were scaled, and the earth made even.'' --T. Burnet.
    3. To scatter; to spread. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
    4. (Gun.) To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the
       explosion of a small quantity of powder. --Totten.
  5. \Scale\, v. i.
    1. To separate and come off in thin layers or lamin[ae]; as,
       some sandstone scales by exposure.
             Those that cast their shell are the lobster and
             crab; the old skins are found, but the old shells
             never; so it is likely that they scale off. --Bacon.
    2. To separate; to scatter. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
  6. \Scale\, n. [L. scalae, pl., scala staircase, ladder; akin
    to scandere to climb. See {Scan}; cf. {Escalade}.]
    1. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending. [Obs.]
    2. Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a
       measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.
       (a) 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}.
       (b) 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.
       (c) A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale;
           the binary scale, etc.
       (d) (Mus.) 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}.
    3. Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps
       and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative
       rank or order; as, a scale of being.
             There is a certain scale of duties . . . which for
             want of studying in right order, all the world is in
             confusion.                            --Milton.
    4. 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
    {Scale of chords}, a graduated scale on which are given the
       lengths of the chords of arcs from 0[deg] to 90[deg] in a
       circle of given radius, -- used in measuring given angles
       and in plotting angles of given numbers of degrees.
  7. \Scale\, v. t. [Cf. It. scalare, fr. L. scalae, scala. See
    {Scale} a ladder.]
    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.
          Oft have I scaled the craggy oak.        --Spenser.
  8. \Scale\, v. i.
    To lead up by steps; to ascend. [Obs.]
          Satan from hence, now on the lower stair, That scaled
          by steps of gold to heaven-gate, Looks down with
          wonder.                                  --Milton.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing scales in your dream means a decision that you need to make. Alternatively, the scales may suggest your need to take a balanced view of a situation and not get so emotional. Don't be so black and white and consider the gray in the situation.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A reduced or rudimentary leaf, e.g. surrounding a dormant bud; a thin flap of tissue, e.g. on the ventral surface of a liverwort thallus and at the base of a stamen in members of the family Simaroubaceae.