Meaning of “scale” in the English Dictionary

"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 (MACHINE)

scales [ plural ] UK US scale

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B2 a device for weighing things or people:

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.

scaleverb [ T ]

uk /skeɪl/ us /skeɪl/

(Definition of “scale” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scale" in American English

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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.

[ 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)