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  • each of the small, thin horny or bony plates protecting the skin of fish and reptiles, typically overlapping one another.
  • a thick, dry flake of skin.
  • a flaky covering or deposit.
  • remove scale or scales from.
    E.g. he scales the fish and removes the innards
  • (especially of the skin) form scales.
    E.g. the skin may scale and peel away with itching, stinging, or burning sensations in the infected area
  • an instrument for weighing, originally a simple balance ( a pair of scales ) but now usually a device with an electronic or other internal weighing mechanism.
    E.g. bathroom scales
  • a large drinking container for beer or other alcoholic drink.
  • weigh a specified weight.
    E.g. some men scaled less than ninety pounds
  • a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something.
    E.g. a new salary scale is planned for all universities
  • the relative size or extent of something.
    E.g. no one foresaw the scale of the disaster
  • an arrangement of the notes in any system of music in ascending or descending order of pitch.
    E.g. the scale of C major
  • a system of numerical notation in which the value of a digit depends upon its position in the number, successive positions representing successive powers of a fixed base.
    E.g. the conversion of the number to the binary scale
  • the range of exposures over which a photographic material will give an acceptable variation in density.
  • climb up or over (something high and steep).
    E.g. thieves scaled a high fence
  • represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale.
  • estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree).
    E.g. the operators were accustomed to having their logs scaled for inventory control

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