"scales" in the noun sense
1. scale, scale of measurement, graduated table, ordered series
an ordered reference standard
"judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
"they entertained on a grand scale"
the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it
"the scale of the map"
"the scale of the model"
4. scale, scale leaf
a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
5. scale, scurf, exfoliation
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
6. scale, musical scale
music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
7. scale, weighing machine
a measuring instrument for weighing shows amount of mass
an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks
9. plate, scale, shell
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
"scales" in the verb sense
measure by or as if by a scale
"This bike scales only 25 pounds"
pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
take by attacking with scaling ladders
"The troops scaled the walls of the fort"
4. scale, surmount
reach the highest point of
"We scaled the Mont Blanc"
climb up by means of a ladder
6. scale, descale
remove the scales from
measure with or as if with scales
"scale the gold"
size or measure according to a scale
"This model must be scaled down"
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