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 for Scale
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scaled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also,
     to grade or vary according to a scale or system.
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           Scaling his present bearing with his past. --Shak.
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     To scale a debt, wages, etc. or To scale down a debt,
     wages, etc., to reduce a debt, etc., according to a fixed
        ratio or scale. [U.S.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\ (sk[=a]l), n. [AS. sc[=a]le; perhaps influenced by
     the kindred Icel. sk[=a]l balance, dish, akin also to D.
     schaal a scale, bowl, shell, G. schale, OHG. sc[=a]la, Dan.
     skaal drinking cup, bowl, dish, and perh. to E. scale of a
     fish. Cf. Scale of a fish, Skull the brain case.]
     1. The dish of a balance; hence, the balance itself; an
        instrument or machine for weighing; as, to turn the scale;
        -- chiefly used in the plural when applied to the whole
        instrument or apparatus for weighing. Also used
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              Long time in even scale
              The battle hung.                      --Milton.
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              The scales are turned; her kindness weighs no more
              Now than my vows.                     --Waller.
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     2. pl. (Astron.) The sign or constellation Libra.
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     Platform scale. See under Platform.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\, v. i.
     1. To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as,
        some sandstone scales by exposure.
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              Those that cast their shell are the lobster and
              crab; the old skins are found, but the old shells
              never; so it is likely that they scale off. --Bacon.
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     2. To separate; to scatter. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\, n. [Cf. AS. scealu, scalu, a shell, parings; akin
     to D. schaal, G. schale, OHG. scala, Dan. & Sw. skal a shell,
     Dan. skiael a fish scale, Goth. skalja tile, and E. shale,
     shell, and perhaps also to scale of a balance; but perhaps
     rather fr. OF. escale, escaile, F. ['e]caille scale of a
     fish, and ['e]cale shell of beans, pease, eggs, nuts, of
     German origin, and akin to Goth. skalja, G. schale. See
     1. (Anat.) 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.
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              Fish that, with their fins and shining scales,
              Glide under the green wave.           --Milton.
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     2. 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.
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     3. (Zool.) 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.
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     4. (Zool.) A scale insect. (See below.)
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     5. (Bot.) 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.
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     6. The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a
        pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife.
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     7. An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which
        water is heated, as a steam boiler.
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     8. (Metal.) 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.
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     Covering scale (Zool.), a hydrophyllium.
     Ganoid scale. (Zool.) See under Ganoid.
     Scale armor (Mil.), armor made of small metallic scales
        overlapping, and fastened upon leather or cloth.
     Scale beetle (Zool.), the tiger beetle.
     Scale carp (Zool.), a carp having normal scales.
     Scale insect (Zool.), any one of numerous species of small
        hemipterous insects belonging to the family Coccidae, in
        which the females, when adult, become more or less
        scalelike in form. They are found upon the leaves and
        twigs of various trees and shrubs, and often do great
        damage to fruit trees. See Orange scale,under Orange.
     Scale moss (Bot.), any leafy-stemmed moss of the order
        Hepaticae; -- so called from the small imbricated
        scalelike leaves of most of the species. See Hepatica,
        2, and Jungermannia.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\, v. t.
     1. To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish;
        to scale the inside of a boiler.
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     2. To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the
        teeth; to pare off, as a surface. "If all the mountains
        were scaled, and the earth made even." --T. Burnet.
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     3. To scatter; to spread. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
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     4. (Gun.) To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the
        explosion of a small quantity of powder. --Totten.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\, n. [L. scalae, pl., scala staircase, ladder; akin
     to scandere to climb. See Scan; cf. Escalade.]
     1. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending. [Obs.]
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     2. Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a
        measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.
        (a) 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.
        (b) 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.
        (c) A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale;
            the binary scale, etc.
        (d) (Mus.) The graduated series of all the tones,
            ascending or descending, from the keynote to its
            octave; -- called also the gamut. It may be repeated
            through any number of octaves. See Chromatic scale,
            Diatonic scale, Major scale, and Minor scale,
            under Chromatic, Diatonic, Major, and Minor.
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     3. Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps
        and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative
        rank or order; as, a scale of being.
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              There is a certain scale of duties . . . which for
              want of studying in right order, all the world is in
              confusion.                            --Milton.
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     4. 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
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     Scale of chords, a graduated scale on which are given the
        lengths of the chords of arcs from 0[deg] to 90[deg] in a
        circle of given radius, -- used in measuring given angles
        and in plotting angles of given numbers of degrees.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\, v. t. [Cf. It. scalare, fr. L. scalae, scala. See
     Scale a ladder.]
     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.
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           Oft have I scaled the craggy oak.        --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scale \Scale\, v. i.
     To lead up by steps; to ascend. [Obs.]
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           Satan from hence, now on the lower stair,
           That scaled by steps of gold to heaven-gate,
           Looks down with wonder.                  --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  392 Moby Thesaurus words for "scale":
     Danish balance, Indian file, Lambert conformal projection,
     Mercator projection, Miller projection, Roman balance,
     Weightometer, accommodation ladder, adjust, aeronautical chart,
     alloy balance, amount, amplitude, analytical balance, area,
     arrange in layers, array, articulation, ascend, assay balance,
     astronomical chart, atlas, azimuthal equidistant projection,
     azimuthal projection, balance, balance of precision, bank,
     barometer, barrel scale, beam, bigness, board, body, breach,
     breadth, break, breakage, bulk, bullion balance, burst, bust, buzz,
     cake, caking, caliber, calibration, canon, carry, cartographer,
     cartography, catena, catenation, celestial chart, celestial globe,
     chain, chain reaction, chaining, chart, check, chip, chip off,
     chorographer, chorography, chromatic scale, clamber, clamber up,
     cleft, climatic chart, climb, climb over, climb up, coat, coating,
     compass, concatenation, conic projection, connection, consecution,
     continuum, contour line, contour map, counter scale, course,
     coverage, crack, criterion, crust, cut, cycle, cylinder scale,
     cylindrical projection, dandruff, decorticate, decrease, degree,
     delaminate, depth, descent, desquamate, diameter, diapason,
     dimension, dimensions, diminish, dodecuple scale, doorstep, drone,
     drum scale, enamel, encrustation, endless belt, endless round,
     enharmonic scale, enlarge, escalade, escalate, eschar, exfoliate,
     expanse, expansion, extension, extension ladder, extent, facing,
     fan scale, file, filiation, film, fissure, flake, flake off,
     flexure plate scale, floccule, flocculus, flock, folding ladder,
     footrest, footstep, foray, fracture, fur, gamut, gangway ladder,
     gap, gauge, general reference map, girth, globe,
     gnomonic projection, go up, gradation, grade, graduated scale,
     graduation, graphic scale, great scale, greatness, grid line,
     hachure, height, heliographic chart, hierarchy, hum,
     hydrographic chart, imbrication, increase, incrustation, index,
     inroad, interval, inundate, invade, isoline, lacquer, ladder,
     lamella, lamina, laminate, largeness, latitude, lay down, lay up,
     layer, layer tint, leap, legend, length, level, lever scales, line,
     lineage, long-arm balance, longitude, lower, magnitude,
     major scale, make a raid, make an inroad, map, map maker,
     map projection, mapper, mark, mass, measure, measurement,
     melodic minor, meridian, minor scale, model, monotone, mount,
     nexus, norm, notch, nuance, octave scale, overlay, overwhelm,
     paint, pair of scales, parallel, parameter, paring, pas,
     pastry shell, pattern, peel, peg, pellicle, pendulum,
     pentatonic scale, period, periodicity, photogrammetrist,
     photogrammetry, photomap, phototopography, physical map, piecrust,
     pitch, plane, plaque, plate, plate fulcrum scale, plateau,
     platform scale, plenum, point, political map, polyconic projection,
     powder train, precision balance, precision scale, progression,
     projection, proportion, proportions, prorate, quantity,
     quarter ladder, queue, radius, raid, raise, ramp, range, rank,
     ranking, rate, ratio, reach, reading, readout, recurrence, reduce,
     register, regulate, relief map, remove, rent,
     representative fraction, rest, reticulation, revetment, rift, rip,
     riser, road map, rotation, round, routine, row, rule, run, rundle,
     rung, rupture, scab, scale off, scale the heights, scale the walls,
     scales, scope, scrabble up, scramble up, scum, scurf, scute,
     scutum, sequence, series, shade, shadow, shaving, shell, shin,
     shin up, shinny, short-arm balance, single file,
     sinusoidal projection, size, skin, slash, slice, slit, snap, space,
     special map, spectrum, spiral balance, splinter, split, spoke,
     spread, stair, stalactite, stalagmite, standard, stave, step,
     step stool, stepladder, stepping-stone, stern ladder, stint, storm,
     stratify, stretch, string, strip, struggle up, succession,
     surmount, swath, sweep, take by storm, tartar, tear, temperament,
     terrain map, terrestrial globe, test, thematic map, thread, tier,
     topographer, topographic chart, topography, touchstone, train,
     transportation map, tread, tuning, type, upclimb, upgo, value,
     varnish, veneer, volume, weather chart, weather map, weigh scales,
     weighbridge, weighing machine, weight voltameter, whole-tone scale,
     width, windrow, yardstick

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