[ noun ] an ordered reference standard
: "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
Used in print(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)
The length of the arrow indicates amount of slowing or acceleration at Completion over that at Onset , and the difference in months can be read roughly by referring the arrow to the age scale along the base of each figure , or more precisely by referring to the original data in the appropriate tables .(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)
Remember that in seeking the modern in Utopia we do not deny the existence of the medieval and the Renaissance there ; we do not even need to commit ourselves to assessing on the same inconceivable scale the relative importance of the medieval , the Renaissance , and the modern .(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)
And knowing its humble place in the scale of things , why did he , at this time_of_life , seem almost ready to sell his soul for plumpness ?
[ noun ] relative magnitude
"they entertained on a grand scale"
Used in print("Editorials"...)
These gentlemen are calling_for a resumption of testing - in the atmosphere - on the greatest possible scale , all in_the_name_of national security .(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)
The crude picture of the detergency process thus_far developed can be represented as : * * f The influence of mechanical action on the particles of free soil may be compared to that of kinetic_energy on a molecular scale .(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)
The behavior of a biological aerosol , on a much smaller scale , is illustrated by a specific field_trial conducted with a non pathogenic organism .
Moreover , it should not be so fastidious in its growth requirements as to make production on a militarily significant scale improbable .
[ noun ] the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it
"the scale of the map" "the scale of the model"
Used in print(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)
First I make preliminary watercolor sketches in quarter scale ( approximately * * f inches ) in which I pay particular attention to the design principles of three simple values - the lightest light , the middle tone , and the darkest dark - by reducing the forms of my subject to these large patterns .(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)
That world was in scale with my own smallness .
[ noun ] (botany) a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
Used in print(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)
It is not difficult to see that the stamens of the catkin are always arranged in pairs , and that each individual flower is nothing but one such pair standing on a green , black tipped little scale .
By scrutinizing the flowers , one can also notice that the scale bears one or two tiny warts .
[ verb ] measure by or as if by a scale
"This bike scales only 25 pounds
Used in print(Larry Koller, "The New Guns of '61"...)
My double was made with standard-weight revolver barrels ( before cutting to revolver length ) , and although it compares well in_other_respects , it 's considerably heavier than the Deerstalker , which only scales about 6 - 1 2 pounds .
[ verb ] pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
Used in print(The Family Handyman, 11:5...)
Everything possible has been scaled to standard sizes and measurements of materials .
[ verb ] measure with or as if with scales
"scale the gold"