"Scale" is a word in LAW AND LEGAL, ENGLISH
In early American law. To ad-just, graduate, or value according to a scale, walden v. Payne, 2 wash. (Va.) 5, 6
To separate; to scatter.
To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the
teeth; to pare off, as a surface.
To lead up by steps; to ascend.
Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a
measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.
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.
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.
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 figuratively.
The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife.
See Illust. of Pocketknife.
To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of
a small quantity of powder.
Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and
degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a
scale of being.
The sign or constellation Libra.
To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure;
also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system.
To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a
fish; to scale the inside of a boiler.
To scatter; to spread.
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.
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.
A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the
binary scale, etc.
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.
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.
A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.
A scale insect. (See below.)
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.
To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae; as,
some sandstone scales by exposure.
An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which
water is heated, as a steam boiler.
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.
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 mile.
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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The name of the sixth tone in the model major scale (that in C), or the first tone of the …Read the complete definition
A genus of ganoid fishes, including the sturgeons, having the body armed with bony scales, and the mouth on the …Read the complete definition
A key or scale closely related to another as principal; a relative or attendant key. [R.] See Attendant keys, under …Read the complete definition
agis-is n white scales on skin of the type which develop when the skin is dry. v [B6; a4] develop …Read the complete definition
To be conformable; to resemble; to coincide; to correspond; as, the picture does not agree with the original; the two …Read the complete definition
ala-asendéra, ala-asendéro - (derived from the Sp. hacendera, hacendero) The female (male) owner of a comparatively small farm; a farmer …Read the complete definition
ál-al - To get loose, to peel or scale off, as a piece of bark, skin, flesh, etc. Nagál-al na …Read the complete definition
alamág - Flash, spark, sparkle, scintillation, glittering, glistening, said of a fire-fly, of the scales of a fish, or the …Read the complete definition
The lowest note but one in Guido Aretino's scale of music.Read the complete definition
The bleak, a small European fish having scales of a peculiarly silvery color which are used in making artificial pearls.Read the complete definition
An instrument for determining the strength of spirits, with a scale graduated so as to indicate the percentage of pure …Read the complete definition
A scale of the sun's declination for each day of the year, drawn across the torrid zone on an artificial …Read the complete definition
A substance obtained from the volatile oils of anise, fennel, etc., in the form of soft shining scales; -- called …Read the complete definition
A fish of Europe (Maurolicus Pennantii) with silvery scales. The name is also applied to various fishes of the genus …Read the complete definition
The Cynara scolymus, a plant somewhat resembling a thistle, with a dilated, imbricated, and prickly involucre. The head (to which …Read the complete definition
asendéro - (Sp. hacendero) Farmer, landowner, planter, agriculturist on a large scale. (cf. mangungúma).Read the complete definition