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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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