Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “scale”

scale

noun  /skeɪl/ us  

scale noun (MEASURING SYSTEM)

[C] a range of numbers used as a system to measure or compare things: Restaurant ratings are on a scale of zero to five stars.

scale noun (SERIES OF MARKS)

[C] a series of marks in a line with regular spaces between them for measuring, or an object for measuring marked in this way: The two scales show inches and centimeters.

scale noun (SIZE/LEVEL)

art [U] the size or level of something in comparison to what is average: Our problems are like those in the city, just on a smaller scale.

scale noun (WEIGHING DEVICE)

[C] a device for weighing people or things: a baby scale a postal scale

scale noun (SIZE RELATIONSHIP)

[C/U] the relationship of the size of a map, drawing, or model of something to the size of the actual thing: [C] The model was built at a 1-inch-to-1-foot scale.

scale noun (MUSIC)

music [C] a set of musical notes in which each note is higher or lower than the previous one by a particular amount: Tyler practices scales on the piano every day.

scale noun (SKIN)

[C usually pl] any of the thin pieces of hard skin covering the bodies of fish, snakes, and lizards

scale

verb [T]  /skeɪl/ us  

scale verb [T] (CLIMB)

to climb up something steep, such as a cliff or wall: He scaled a steep cliff beside the river.
(Definition of scale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of scale?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “scale” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

from the word go

from the start of something

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More