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

  • Forbes: In terms of scale, the size of a bank for lending, is there a point where being bigger does not make you more efficient in lending? Transcript: Richard Bove
  • The scale of the economic gulf between the two parties came as two polls yesterday showed that the election remained wide open. Times, Sunday Times
  • Some find it repugnant, others see them as casualties in an undeclared war that is greatly preferable to the alternative of full-scale conflict. Times, Sunday Times
  • To wake up with her belly-up and demanding affection is to have your heart explode with the kind of joy that compels some people into a life of large-scale oil painting.
  • Relying too much on markets for either input supplies or sales outlets places the low unit cost of production that comes with economies of scale at risk.
  • At the other end of the social scale were the king and a tiny group of powerful men, all of them rentiers who lived in style on the revenues of their great estates.
  • The French and Dutch results were punishment for political failure on a grand scale.
  • You have to understand the scale of the problem. The Sun
  • In its scale and some of its details Smith's building has an affinity to Richardson's 1875-1876 Hayden Building in Boston.
  • I have rated them on a scale of zero to four stars.
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