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6 Scale n [ME, fr. LL. scala ladder, staircase, fr. L. scalae, pl. stairs, rungs, ladder; akin to L scandere to climb -mor at Scan] [15c] 1a obs: Ladder b archaic: a means of ascent 2: a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch according to a specified scheme of their intervals. 3: something graduated esp. when used as a measure or rule: as a: a series of marks or points at known intervals used to measure distances [as the height of the mercury in a thermoeter] b: an indication of the relationship between the distances on a map and the corresponding actual distances c: Ruler 3 4a: a graduated series or scheme of rank or order [a __ of taxation] b: Minimum Wage 2 5a: a proportion between two sets of dimensions [as between those of a drawing and its original] b: a distinctive relative size, extent, or degree [projects done on a large __] 6: a graded series of tests or of performances used in rating individual intelligence or achievement -scale ad j -to scale: according to the proportions of an established scale of measurement [floor plans drawn to scale]
1 Scale n [ME bowl, scale of a balance, fr. ON skál akin to ON skel shell -more at Shel] [14c] 1a: either pan or tray of a balance b: a beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends -usu. used in pl. 2: an instrument or machine for weighing
2 Scale vb scaled; escaling vt : to weight in scales. -vi: to have a specified weight on scales
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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