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

  • It's way off the scale.
  • The bigger problem is scale.
  • Good thing Oprah doesn't have Ryanair's scales, or she'd be more depressed than usual.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in Sydney Morning Herald
    Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions -- who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans,Obama said in his speech, in answer to concerns from some Republican lawmakers who oppose big government.
  • President Bush in Christian Science Monitor
    Bush said, "In Iraq, we are witnessing the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama bin Laden, his grim ideology, and his terror network."
  • Jon S Corzine in التيار الوطني
    In a statement, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said: "Any corruption is unacceptable -- anywhere, anytime, by anybody. The scale of corruption we're seeing as this unfolds is simply outrageous and cannot be tolerated."

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