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scale

noun     /skeɪl/
[S or U] the size or level of something, especially when this is large : the scale of sth We failed to recognize the scale of the problem . on a large / small scale. on a global / national / international scale
[C] MEASURES a set of numbers , amounts , etc. used to measure or compare the level of something: on a scale of 1 to 10/zero to 100, etc. How would you rate his work on a scale of 1 to 5? at the top / bottom of the scale
[C or U] GRAPHS & CHARTS the relation between the real size of something and its size on a map , model , or diagram : to scale The map is drawn to scale. a scale drawing / model
(also UK scales) a piece of equipment for weighing things or people : The mail is weighed on a scale.
→ See also diseconomies of scale, economies of scale, large-scale, pay scale, salary scale, sliding scale, small-scale, timescale, wage scale
(Definition of scale noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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