- a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something；the full range of different levels of people or things, from lowest to highest
- climb up or over (something high and steep)；represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale.
verb: scale, 3rd person present: scales, gerund or present participle: scaling, past tense: scaled, past participle: scaled
noun: scale, plural noun: scales
- 1. a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something company employees have hit the top of their pay scales 同義詞
- ▪ the full range of different levels of people or things, from lowest to highest two men at opposite ends of the social scale
- ▪ a series of marks at regular intervals in a line used in measuring something the mean delivery time is plotted against a scale on the right
- ▪ a device having a series of marks at regular intervals in a line used in measuring something she read the exact distance off a scale
- ▪ a rule determining the distances between marks on a scale the vertical axis is given on a logarithmic scale
- 2. the relative size or extent of something no one foresaw the scale of the disaster everything in the house is on a grand scale 同義詞
- ▪ a ratio of size in a map, model, drawing, or plan a one-fifth scale model of a seven-story building a map on a scale of 1:2500 同義詞
- 3. an arrangement of the notes in any system of music in ascending or descending order of pitch the scale of C major
- ▪ the exercise of performing the notes of one or more scales as a form of practice by a singer or musician in music class I dread having to sing scales he thinks guitarists in particular don't spend nearly enough time practicing scales
- 4. 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 the conversion of the number to the binary scale
- 5. the range of exposures over which a photographic material will give an acceptable variation in density.
- 1. climb up or over (something high and steep) thieves scaled an 8-foot fence
- 2. represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale.
- ▪ (of a quantity or property) be variable according to a particular scale.
- 3. North American estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree) the operators were accustomed to having their logs scaled for inventory control