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Meaning of “scale” in the English Dictionary

"scale" in British English

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scalenoun

uk   us   /skeɪl/
  • scale noun (MEASURE)

B2 [C] a set of ​numbers, ​amounts, etc., used to ​measure or ​compare the ​level of something: the Centigrade/​Fahrenheit scale How would you ​rate his ​work on a scale of 1 to 5?B2 [C or U] the ​relation between the ​realsize of something and ​itssize on a ​map, ​model, or ​diagram: a scale of 1:50,000 This ​map is large scale (= things are ​shown in ​detail). Is the ​bridgedrawn to scale (= so that it ​shows the ​exactshape of the ​bridge, but much ​smaller)? He was ​building a scale model of the Empire State Building.

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  • scale noun (SIZE)

B2 [S or U] the ​size or ​level of something, ​especially when this is ​large: We don't ​yetknow the scale of the ​problem. Nuclear ​weaponscausedestruction on a ​massive scale (= ​cause a lot of ​destruction). My ​parents used to ​entertainfriends on a ​large/​small scale (= they had ​large/​smallparties).

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  • scale noun (MACHINE)

scales [plural] UK (US scale)

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B2 a ​device for ​weighing things or ​people: kitchen/​bathroom scales
a pair of scales mainly UK a ​weighingdevice with two ​containersconnected to a ​metalbar that is ​free to ​move up and down about ​itsfixedcentralpoint. An ​object of ​knownweight is put in one ​container and the thing to be ​weighed is put in the other.
  • scale noun (MUSIC)

[C] a set of ​notesplayed or ​sung in ​order, going up or down: the scale of G ​major You should ​practiseyour scales every ​day.
  • scale noun (SKIN)

[C usually plural] one of the many very ​small, ​flatpieces that ​cover the ​skin of ​fish, ​snakes, etc.

scaleverb [T]

uk   us   /skeɪl/
(Definition of scale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scalenoun

 us   /skeɪl/
  • 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 ​regularspaces between them for ​measuring, or an ​object for ​measuringmarked 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 ​weighingpeople 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 ​musicalnotes in which each ​note is ​higher or ​lower than the ​previous one by a ​particularamount: Tyler ​practices scales on the ​piano every ​day.
  • scale noun (SKIN)

[C usually pl] any of the ​thinpieces of hard ​skincovering the ​bodies of ​fish, ​snakes, and ​lizards

scaleverb [T]

 us   /skeɪl/
  • scale verb [T] (CLIMB)

to ​climb up something ​steep, such as a ​cliff or ​wall: He scaled a ​steepcliff beside the ​river.
(Definition of scale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scale" in Business English

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scalenoun

uk   us   /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 ​realsize 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.
(Definition of scale from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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