• One of the Forms Of Egyptian Scales
    One of the Forms Of Egyptian Scales
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scaling ascent by or as if by a ladder
    • n scaling act of measuring or arranging or adjusting according to a scale
    • n scaling the act of arranging in a graduated series
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scaling' Logs on the Skids Scaling' Logs on the Skids
Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale
Method of Using the Eight-Square Scale on the Steel-Square Method of Using the Eight-Square Scale on the Steel-Square
They wuz covered with bone instead of scales They wuz covered with bone instead of scales
SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range:...
Scale model of Aultman-Taylor steam tractor of 1892 Scale model of Aultman-Taylor steam tractor of 1892

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most lipstick contains fish scales
    • Scaling Adapted for removing scales, as from a fish; as, a scaling knife; adapted for removing scale, as from the interior of a steam boiler; as, a scaling hammer, bar, etc.
    • Scaling Serving as an aid in clambering; as, a scaling ladder, used in assaulting a fortified place.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The list of ingredients that make up lipstick include fish scales
    • n scaling The process of removing incrustations of salt and other foreign matters from the inner surface of boilers.
    • n scaling In metal-working, the first process in making tin-plate, in which the plates are placed in a bath of dilute muriatic acid and then heated in a scaling-furnace to remove the scale.
    • n scaling The act or process of removing the scales of fish.
    • scaling Liable to rub the scales off fish, as some nets.
    • n scaling The process of adjusting sights to the guns on board of a ship.
    • n scaling Scales collectively or the arrangement of scales, as on an insect's wing or on a fish.
    • n scaling Specifically, the structure and distribution of the scales of fishes considered as a basis for classification.
    • n scaling In dentistry, removing the tartar from the teeth.
    • n scaling The measurement or estimation of the amount of lumber in logs or standing timber.
    • n scaling The taking of dimensions from a drawing by means of a measuring-scale, in the absence of figured dimensions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes, 1,000 of which measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale
    • Scaling the process of removing scales from a fish, or encrustations from the interior of a boiler
    • Scaling the process of adjusting sights to a ship's guns
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  • Plutarch
    “Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”
  • Bible
    “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. [Psalms 18:29]”
  • Byron J. Langenfield
    Byron J. Langenfield
    “Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales.”
  • Kathleen Raine
    Kathleen Raine
    “Meanings, moods, the whole scale of our inner experience finds in nature the correspondence through which we may know our boundless selves.”
  • Aesop
    “The injuries we do and the injuries we suffer are seldom weighed on the same scales.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality.”


Off the scale - If something goes off the scale, it far exceeds the normal standards, good or bad, for something.
Put your thumb on the scales - If you put your thumb on the scales, you try to influence the result of something in your favour.
Scales fall from your eyes - When the scales fall from your eyes, you suddenly realise the truth about something.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scále, a balance; Dut. schaal, Ger. schale; allied to preceding word.


In literature:

The scales fall off continually.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Honours are reckoned differently from whist, and on a scale which is somewhat involved.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
For every position of the lower scale the ratio of the numbers on the two scales which coincide will be the same.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The lower we descend in the animal scale the more simple are the mechanisms by which results are attained.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
Cover-scale and ovuliferous scale, outer side.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
When a test thus shows high correlation with the scale as a whole, we must either accept the test as valid or reject the scale altogether.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
He probably uses the same system on a larger scale to run his big machine on the ship.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
Abdomen ovate, the scale of the petiole incrassate and slightly notched above.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
The young, of which a great many broods are produced, are soft bodied but soon form a scale.
"Apple Growing" by M. C. Burritt
This interference turned the scale against the liberal party.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
The variety is remarkable for the very long spines in which the scales terminate.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Few places offer good conditions for large-scale settlement.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
He would have scaled a hill on the right, whence there was the severest firing.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
We cannot doubt that the sacrificing of children was practised on a large scale among the Canaanites.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
It had been going on (he told me) for six months past; but at the outset I ought to warn you that he had two scales of time.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
These scales breed very rapidly; Howard states one may give rise to a progeny of 3,216,080,400 in one year.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
The stock yards of Cincinnati are on an extended scale, though not equaling those of Chicago.
"Peculiarities of American Cities" by Willard Glazier
Judas was such another as Elisha Scales, and Judas was an apostle as Scales was a deacon.
"Masterman and Son" by W. J. Dawson
He scaled the bamboo fence and dropped into the garden which was upon the farther side.
"Japanese Fairy Tales" by Grace James
Here a large-scale enterprise enjoys advantages over a small one in every respect.
"The Accumulation of Capital" by Rosa Luxemburg

In poetry:

I, living, drew thee from the vale
Parnassus' height to climb with me.
I, dying, bid thee turn, and scale
Alone the hill of Calvary.
"Last Words" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
He thrid the copse, he climbed the fence,
At last the top did scale;
But, lo, the rainbow, vanished thence,
Was shining in the vale!
"The Golden Key" by George MacDonald
Where the sharp rock the Chamois treads,
Or, slippery summit scales;
Or where the whitening Snow-bird spreads
Her plumes to icy gales:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
Ay, though through desert wastes he roam,
Or scale the rugged mountains,
Or rest beside the murmuring tide
Of weird Hydaspan fountains!
"To Aristius Fuscus" by Eugene Field
This desolation is alive
With backward motions of bright feet-
Remembering the madness of scaling
A certain dusk to the first small star.
"The Progress Of Œnia" by Allen Tate
Ay, though through desert wastes he roams,
Or scales the rugged mountains,
Or rests beside the murmuring tide
Of weird Hydaspan fountains!
"Horace I, 22." by Eugene Field

In news:

SANDESTIN, FL- An Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic record breaking Blue Marlin tipped the scales at 783.6 lbs.
URBANA — City council members will take another look Monday night at scaled-back plans for Urbana's Boneyard Creek beautification project.
Hospital struggles to meet large scale medical.
All the speakers in Mr Calimano's class are rated on a scale of 1 to 10 (grim to great) on their presentations, including voice projection and eye contact.
Schnuck Markets here is bulking up by scaling down.
Buncher may scale back Strip District project in Pittsburgh.
The incredible shrinking economy has infiltrated Monterey County theater: the Western Stage has scaled back.
In the 1970s, Airfix was the manufacturer of choice for 1/72 scale kits.
Scaled-down lab experiments measure colossal energy releases that could wreak havoc.
(AP) — Southern Illinois University has developed a scaled-back plan for the future of its Carbondale campus after closing the books on a set of more ambitious goals.
Team CEN 's Gene "The Machine" Hickerson and CEN Racing won the 2007 Brazil 1/8-scale Buggy National Championships at Asa Branca Speedway in Fortaleza.
Cram too-cheap-to-meter nano-scale environmental sensors into every handheld on Earth.
Big 1/8 scale matches a high-power Team Orion Vortex R8 system with detailed scale body form to deliver awesome strength and style.
Big 1/8 scale matches a high-power engine with detailed scale body form to deliver awesome strength and style.
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In science:

Nanothermodynamics requires that chemical potential as well as variables that are extensive require a reformulation by scaling them, not relative to one scaling component N , but rather rescaling the multiple components relative to scales of different sizes Ni .
Generalized Extensivity
To keep the notation of this paper consistent with those of [G1] we set cn = rn and call rn a space scale.6 We will distinguish three types of space scales: the short scales, the intermediate scales and the extreme scales.
Aging in reversible dynamics of disordered systems. II. Emergence of the arcsine law in the random hopping time dynamics of the REM
For any of the above space scale set ε = limn→∞ ε = 0 if rn is a short space scale, 0 < ε ≤ 1 if rn is an intermediate space scale, and ε = 1 if rn is an extreme space scale.
Aging in reversible dynamics of disordered systems. II. Emergence of the arcsine law in the random hopping time dynamics of the REM
In the present case, however, the exponents themselves obey scaling, and remarkably, there are scaling laws for the scaling exponents.
First-Passage Exponents of Multiple Random Walks
Additionally, the simulations reveal (Fig. 6) that not only the scaling exponents depend on a single scaling variable, but the entire survival probability is also function of the scaling variable z .
First-Passage Exponents of Multiple Random Walks
Our result shows that structural inhomogeneity of the Koch networks has no essential effect on the scaling of MFPT for the trapping issue, which departs a little from that one expects and is as compared with the scaling behavior reported for stochastic uncorrelated scale-free networks.
Impact of degree heterogeneity on the behavior of trapping in Koch networks
Assuming that the nonlinear susceptibility does not scale with the number of modes, the above integral scales as 1/V and J0 does not scale with the size of the system.
Complexity of waves in nonlinear disordered media
This feature manifests at all time scales, from intradaily scales where periods of intense variations are observed, for instance, around publications of important news to monthly scales .
The nature of price returns during periods of high market activity
In the Gibbons and Turok analysis this is taken near the end of inflation, well below the Planck scale, whereas in the LQC calculation one is taking it at the scale set by the parameter λ (which in the Ashtekar and Sloan analysis is close to the Planck scale).
On the measure problem in slow roll inflation and loop quantum cosmology
Since the law of the (γ − 2/γ )-quantum wedge is scale invariant, the fact that F (s) ≈ cs holds for large scales implies that the same holds on all scales, and indeed we must have identically F (s) = cs.
Conformal weldings of random surfaces: SLE and the quantum gravity zipper
In a numerical simulation the largest available distance scale is determined by what will fit in the computer and short distance scales are often not much greater than the ultraviolet cut-off, or discretisation scale.
Continuum Random Combs and Scale Dependent Spectral Dimension
The constant C in (6) is reminiscent of Il up to the scaling (9): the expression Pl (cos θ) is replaced by its scaling limit J0 (ψ), and the measure sin θdθ becomes ψdψ on R+ after scaling.
The defect variance of random spherical harmonics
It is quite plausible that, at the lowenergy scales where the gap could develop (about three orders of magnitude below the scale of the high-energy cutoff ), the scaling of the Fermi velocity may have driven the effective coupling to such small values that the excitonic instability cannot then proceed.
Screening effects on the excitonic instability in graphene
Theorem 2.1 proves that, under some standard conditions, the space-scaling operator B (r) in (1.3) must be of the form B (r) = rD for some D ∈ M (Rm ), which will be called the state space scaling exponent (or the space-scaling exponent) of X .
Multivariate Operator-Self-Similar Random Fields
Over 44 orders of magnitudes, from millimeter length scales (TeV energy scales) all the way up to Cosmological scales (∼ 10−32−33 eV), the theory of General Relativity is easily the force which has successfully passed the largest variety of tests.
de Sitter Galileon