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Definition of Scale

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progression of steps; table of graduated rates; system of marks used for measuring; flake; one of many thin plates forming a protective covering; weighing device; limescale
climb; ascend; weigh; do according to a particular ratio; remove flakes or scales; become covered in limescale; change the size of something; adjust the size of a picture, resize a picture (Computers)
Scale Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc.
  
(n.)
A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
A scale insect. (See below.)
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler.
  
(n.)
Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
The sign or constellation Libra.
  
(n.)
The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(v. i.)
To lead up by steps; to ascend.
  
(v. i.)
To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as, some sandstone scales by exposure.
  
(v. i.)
To separate; to scatter.
  
(v. t.)
To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder.
  
(v. t.)
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.
  
(v. t.)
To scatter; to spread.
  
(v. t.)
To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler.
  
(v. t.)
To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface.
  
(v. t.)
To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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scale
\scale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. scaled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. scaling.] 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.


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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cenu = v. to scale, to scurf
Cris = n. a scale, a hard crust
Shakespeare Words
to weigh in scales
Anagram
laces
Australian Slang
1. ride on public transport without paying a fare: “scale a rattler”; “scaling trains”; 2. (obsolete) defraud or cheat out of money
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
(synonym) scale of measurement, graduated table, ordered series
(hypernym) standard, criterion, measure, touchstone
(hyponym) Beaufort scale, wind scale
2. relative magnitude; "they entertained on a grand scale"
(hypernym) magnitude relation, quantitative relation
3. the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it; "the scale of the map"; "the scale of the model"
(hypernym) proportion, proportionality
4. an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks
(hypernym) indicator
(hyponym) vernier scale, vernier
5. a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
(synonym) scale leaf
(hypernym) leaf, leafage, foliage
(hyponym) squamule
6. a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
(synonym) scurf, exfoliation
(hypernym) bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap
(hyponym) dander
7. (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
(synonym) musical scale
(hypernym) musical notation
(hyponym) gamut
(member-meronym) note, musical note, tone
(classification) music
8. a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass
(synonym) weighing machine
(hypernym) measuring instrument, measuring system, measuring device
(hyponym) balance
9. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
(synonym) plate, shell
(hypernym) shield
(hyponym) armor plate, armour plate, armor plating, plate armor, plate armour
10. a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
(hypernym) covering, natural covering, cover
(hyponym) fish scale
(derivation) descale

Verb
1. measure by or as if by a scale; "This bike scales only 25 pounds"
(hypernym) measure
(derivation) weighing machine
2. pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
(hypernym) model, pattern
3. take by attacking with scaling ladders; "The troops scaled the walls of the fort"
(hypernym) take
(derivation) scaling
4. reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
(synonym) surmount
(hypernym) reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain
5. climb up by means of a ladder
(hypernym) climb, climb up, mount, go up
(derivation) scaling
6. remove the scales from; "scale fish"
(synonym) descale
(hypernym) remove, take, take away, withdraw
7. measure with or as if with scales; "scale the gold"
(hypernym) quantify, measure
(derivation) weighing machine
8. size or measure according to a scale; "This model must be scaled down"
(hypernym) size
Scale Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
A bank that offers to pay different rates of interest on CDs of varying maturities is said to "post a scale." Commercial paper dealers also post scales.
Copyright © 2000, Campbell R. Harvey. All Rights Reserved.
Scale Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
(*) 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.
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Scale Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
The accumulation of rust and minerals within the cooling system .
Technical English by wpv
Surface oxidation, consisting of partially adherent layers of corrosion products, left on metals by heating or casting in air or in other oxidizing atmosphere. Also a deposit on a heat-transfer surface resulting from precipitation of salts present in water in contact with that surface, forming a hard, dense material.
Glossary Of Geography
The proportional relationship between a linear measurement on a map and the distance it represents on the Earth's surface.
Glossary of Cartographic Terms
Relationship existing between a distance on a map, chart, or photograph and the corresponding distance on the Earth.
CAVE AND KARST TERMINOLOGY
The ratio of the length between any two points on a map, plan or section to the actual distance between the same points on the ground or in a cave.
Scale Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
JDK Doc(JAVA)
- Method in class java.math.BigDecimal 
public int scale ()
Returns the scale of this BigDecimal. (The scale is the number of digits to the right of the decimal point.)Returns: the scale of this BigDecimal.
- Method in class java.awt.Graphics2D 
public abstract void scale (double sx, double sy)
Concatenates the current Graphics2DTransform with a scaling transformation Subsequent rendering is resized according to the specified scaling factors relative to the previous scaling. This is equivalent to calling transform(S), where S is an AffineTransform represented by the following matrix: [ sx 0 0 ] [ 0 sy 0 ] [ 0 0 1 ] Parameters: sx - the amount by which X coordinates in subsequent rendering operations are multiplied relative to previous rendering operations. - the amount by which Y coordinates in subsequent rendering operations are multiplied relative to previous rendering operations.sy - the amount by which Y coordinates in subsequent rendering operations are multiplied relative to previous rendering operations.
- Method in class java.awt.geom.AffineTransform 
public void scale (double sx, double sy)
Concatenates this transform with a scaling transformation. This is equivalent to calling concatenate(S), where S is an AffineTransform represented by the following matrix: [ sx 0 0 ] [ 0 sy 0 ] [ 0 0 1 ] Parameters: sx - the factor by which coordinates are scaled along the X axis direction - the factor by which coordinates are scaled along the Y axis directionsy - the factor by which coordinates are scaled along the Y axis direction
Desktop Publishing Glossary
The means within a program to reduce or enlarge the amount of space an image will occupy. Some programs maintain the aspect ratio between width and height whilst scaling, thereby avoiding distortion.
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Scale Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Scale or scales may refer to:


Common meanings
  • Scale (anatomy), a rigid plate which grows out of the skin of various animals
    • Fish scale
    • Reptile scale
    • Scale (Lepidopteran anatomy), on the wings of butterflies and moths
  • Scale (map), the ratio of a distance on a map to the corresponding actual distance
  • Scale (ratio), the ratio of a linear dimension of the model to the same dimension of the original
  • Weighing scale, an instrument used to measure weight or mass

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Scale Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Outdoor Glossary
the distance between two points on a map as they relate to the distance between those two points on the earth.
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The precipitate that forms on surfaces in contact with water as the result of a physical or chemical change.
Scale Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Basic Music Glossary
a sequence of tones arranged in rising pitches
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