scale
  • noun a series of marks at fixed intervals used as a reference standard in measurement
  • noun a small overlapping plate of tissue on the skin of reptiles and fish
  • noun a hard white calcium layer that forms in containers and pipes carrying hot water in areas where the water supply contains a lot of calcium
  • A series of marks which serve as a reference when measuring and indicating magnitudes or values. Seen, for example, in meters and indicating instruments. Such a scale may be, for instance, linear or logarithmic. Also, to change from one such scale to another, when more than one is available.
  • An instrument or device which measures and indicates mass.
  • A progressive, graduated, or hierarchical ordering or series of items, values, or the like. For example, a temperature scale, or a dB scale.
  • An established standard for describing, measuring, and stating values. For instance, the Mohs scale.
  • A qualitative or quantitative indication of relative magnitudes. For instance, nanoscale, or large-scale.
  • The ratio of the size of a body or region to a model or representation of it. For example, a scale used in lithography.
  • To change the manner in which a quantity is expressed, so as to fit in a different range. For example, to change from kilometers to meters.
  • A thin piece, slice, or flake. For instance, an iron oxide scale formed on the surface of a piece of iron.
  • synonym size

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