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scale1 British & World English

Each of the small, thin horny or bony plates protecting the skin of fish and reptiles, typically overlapping one another

scale2 British & World English

An instrument for weighing, originally a simple balance (a pair of scales) but now usually a device with an electronic or other internal weighing mechanism

scale3 British & World English

A graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something

scale1 English Thesaurus

all reptiles have scales covering the skin

scale2 English Thesaurus

the Celsius scale of temperature

scale pan in scale2 British & World English

Either of the dishes on a simple balance

to scale British & World English

With a uniform reduction or enlargement

to scale in scale3 British & World English

With a uniform reduction or enlargement

pay scale British & World English

A graded scale of wages or salaries paid within a particular organization or profession

in scale British & World English

(Of a drawing or model) in proportion to the surroundings

Baumé scale British & World English

A scale with arbitrary markings, used with a hydrometer to measure the relative density of liquids

Brix scale British & World English

A hydrometer scale for measuring the amount of sugar in a solution at a given temperature

full-scale British & World English

Of the same size as the thing represented

large-scale British & World English

Involving large numbers or a large area; extensive

Mohs' scale British & World English

A scale of hardness used in classifying minerals. It runs from 1 to 10 using a series of reference minerals, and position on the scale depends on ability to scratch minerals rated lower

scale board British & World English

Very thin wood used (especially formerly) in bookbinding, making hatboxes, and backing pictures

scale leaf British & World English

A small modified leaf, especially a colourless membranous one, such as on a rhizome or forming part of a bulb

scale worm British & World English

A marine bristle worm with scales on the upper surface which have a protective function, and in some species are able to luminesce

small-scale British & World English

Of limited size or extent

full-scale English Thesaurus

a full-scale model

large-scale English Thesaurus

a large-scale privatization programme

Fujita scale British & World English

A scale of tornado severity with numbers from 0 to 6, based on the degree of observed damage

Kelvin scale British & World English

A scale of temperature with absolute zero as zero, and the triple point of water as exactly 273.16 degrees

Likert scale British & World English

A scale used to represent people’s attitudes to a topic

Réaumur scale British & World English

An obsolete scale of temperature at which water freezes at 0° and boils at 80° under standard conditions

Richter scale British & World English

A numerical scale for expressing the magnitude of an earthquake on the basis of seismograph oscillations. The more destructive earthquakes typically have magnitudes between about 5.5 and 8.9; it is a logarithmic scale and a difference of one represents an approximate thirtyfold difference in magnitude

scale armour British & World English

Armour consisting of small overlapping plates of metal, leather, or horn

scale insect British & World English

A small bug with a protective shield-like scale. It spends most of its life attached by its mouth to a single plant, sometimes occurring in such large numbers that it becomes a serious pest

sliding scale British & World English

A scale of fees, taxes, wages, etc. that varies in accordance with the variation of a particular standard

social scale British & World English

The hierarchical structure of society or of a society

Richter scale New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

scale for the magnitude of an earthquake

Beaufort scale British & World English

A scale of wind speed based on a visual estimation of the wind’s effects, ranging from force 0 (less than 1 knot or 1 km/h, ‘calm’) to force 12 (64 knots or 118 km/h and above, ‘hurricane’)

Mercalli scale British & World English

A twelve-point scale for expressing the local intensity of an earthquake, ranging from I (virtually imperceptible) to XII (total destruction)

whole-tone scale British & World English

A scale consisting entirely of intervals of a tone, with no semitones

Beaufort scale New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

scale of wind speed ranging from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane)

off the scale British & World English

Of or to a degree or level that is far in excess of what is normal or notionally measurable

Binet–Simon scale British & World English

The measurement of intelligence by the application of a test (see Binet-Simon test) consisting of tasks and problems graded in terms of mental age

cottony-cushion scale British & World English

An Australian scale insect with a large fluted cottony egg sac, infesting citrus trees. It threatened to destroy the Californian citrus industry until it was controlled by the introduction of the Australian vedalia beetle

economy of scale British & World English

A proportionate saving in costs gained by an increased level of production

scale something back/down British & World English

Reduce (or increase) something in size, number, or extent

throw something on the scale British & World English

Contribute something to one side of an argument or debate

in scale in scale3 British & World English

(Of a drawing or model) in proportion to the surroundings

diseconomy British & World English

An economic disadvantage such as an increase in cost arising from an increase in the size of an organization

descale British & World English

Remove deposits of scale from

rescale British & World English

Change the scale of (something)

scale something back/down in scale3 British & World English

Reduce (or increase) something in size, number, or extent

off the scale in scale3 British & World English

Of or to a degree or level that is far in excess of what is normal or notionally measurable


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