(music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks
a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass
a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
size or measure according to a scale
measure with or as if with scales
the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it
an ordered reference standard
a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
remove the scales from
measure by or as if by a scale
take by attacking with scaling ladders
reach the highest point of
pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
climb up by means of a ladder
The dish of a balance; hence, the balance itself; an instrument or machine for weighing; as, to turn the scale;
The sign or constellation libra.
To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system.
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.
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.
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.
A scale insect. (see below.)
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.
The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. see illust. of pocketknife.
An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler.
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.
To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler.
To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface.
To scatter; to spread.
To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder.
To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as, some sandstone scales by exposure.
To separate; to scatter.
A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.
Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.
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.
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.
A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc.
The graduated series of all the tones, ascending or descending, from the keynote to its octave;
Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being.
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.
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.