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"scale" in British English

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scalenoun

uk   /skeɪl/ 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 real size of something and its size on a map, model, or diagram: a scale of 1:50,000 This map is large scale (= things are shown in detail). Is the bridge drawn to scale (= so that it shows the exact shape 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 yet know the scale of the problem. Nuclear weapons cause destruction on a massive scale (= cause a lot of destruction). My parents used to entertain friends on a large/small scale (= they had large/small parties).

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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 weighing device with two containers connected to a metal bar that is free to move up and down about its fixed central point. An object of known weight is put in one container and the thing to be weighed is put in the other.
  • scale noun (SKIN)

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

scaleverb [T]

uk   /skeɪl/ 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 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

scaleverb [T]

us   /skeɪl/
  • 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)

"scale" in Business English

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scalenoun

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