Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “scale”

See all translations

scale

noun
 
 
/skeɪl/
SIZE [no plural] B2 the size or level of something: We don't yet know the scale of the problem. Nuclear weapons cause destruction on a massive scale (= cause a lot of destruction).General words for size and amount
large-/small-scale A large-/small-scale event or activity is large/small in size: a large-scale investigationGeneral words for size and amount
MEASURING SYSTEM [C] B2 the set of numbers, amounts, etc used to measure or compare the level of something: How would you rate her work on a scale of 1-10?General words for size and amount
EQUIPMENT [C] US ( UK scales [plural]) a piece of equipment for measuring weight: a bathroom/kitchen scale Weighing, measuring and counting devices
COMPARISON [C, U] B2 how the size of things on a map, model, etc relates to the same things in real life: a map with a scale of one centimetre per ten kilometresModels and mouldsMeasurements in general
MUSIC [C] a series of musical notes that is always played in order and that rises gradually from the first noteNotes of the musical scale
SKIN [C] one of the flat pieces of hard material that covers the skin of fish and snakesThe skin, hair and bone of non-human animals
(Definition of scale noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “scale” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More