|1.||[ noun ] an ordered reference standard|
|Synonyms:||graduated_table ordered_series scale_of_measurement|
: "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
|Related terms:||standard temperature_scale index mohs_scale Beaufort_scale wage_scale mercalli_scale Richter_scale logarithmic_scale|
|2.||[ noun ] relative magnitude|
"they entertained on a grand scale"
|3.||[ noun ] the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it|
"the scale of the map" "the scale of the model"
|4.||[ noun ] (botany) a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin|
|Related terms:||leaf squamule|
|5.||[ verb ] measure by or as if by a scale|
"This bike scales only 25 pounds
|6.||[ verb ] pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard|
|7.||[ verb ] reach the highest point of|
"We scaled the Mont Blanc"
|8.||[ noun ] a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass|
|Related terms:||measuring_instrument weighbridge balance|
|9.||[ verb ] size or measure according to a scale|
"This model must be scaled down"
|Related terms:||size scalage scaling|
|10.||[ noun ] (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)|
|Related terms:||musical_notation chromatic_scale gamut gapped_scale diatonic_scale note music|
|11.||[ noun ] a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)|
|Related terms:||shield horseshoe shell_plating armor_plate|
|12.||[ verb ] measure with or as if with scales|
"scale the gold"
|13.||[ verb ] remove the scales from|
|14.||[ noun ] a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin|
|Related terms:||bit dandruff dander exfoliate|
|15.||[ verb ] climb up by means of a ladder|
|Related terms:||climb scaling|
|16.||[ verb ] take by attacking with scaling ladders|
"The troops scaled the walls of the fort"
|Related terms:||take scaling|
|17.||[ noun ] an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks|
|Related terms:||indicator analemma vernier_scale|
|18.||[ noun ] (zoology) a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals|
|Related terms:||covering squama fish_scale|