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Musical scale

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Etymology 1

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] scala

Noun

Singular
scale

Plural
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scale ({{{1}}})
  1. An ordered numerical sequence used for measurement.
    Please rate your experience on a scale from 1 to 10.
  2. Size; scope.
    The Holocaust was insanity on an enormous scale.
  3. The ratio of depicted distance to actual distance.
    This map uses a scale of 1:10.
  4. A means of assigning a magnitude.
    The magnitude of an earthquake is measured on the open-ended Richter scale.
  5. (music) A series of notes spanning an octave, tritave, or pseudo-octave, used to make melodies.
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Verb

Infinitive
to scale

Third person singular
scal

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to scale (third-person singular simple present scal, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To change the size of, maintaining proportion.
    We should scale that up by a factor of 10.
  2. (transitive) To climb.
    Hilary and Norgay were the first known to have scaled Everest.
  3. (intransitive) (computing) To tolerate significant increases in throughput or other potentially limiting factors.
    That architecture won't scale to real-world environments.
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Etymology 2

From Old French escale (husk, chip) (French écale); Old High German scala

Noun

Singular
scale

Plural
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scale ({{{1}}})
  1. Part of an overlapping arrangement of many small, flat and hard pieces of keratin covering the skin of an animal, particularly a fish or reptile.
  2. A small piece of pigmented chitin, many of which coat the wings of a butterfly or moth to give them their color.
  3. A flake of skin of an animal afflicted with dermatitis.
  4. A pine nut of a pinecone.
  5. The flaky material sloughed off heated metal.
  6. Scale mail (as opposed to chain mail).
  7. Limescale
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Verb

Infinitive
to scale

Third person singular
scal

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to scale (third-person singular simple present scal, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To remove the scales of.
    Please scale that fish for dinner.
  2. (intransitive) To become scaly; to produce or develop scales.
    The dry weather is making my skin scale.
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Etymology 3

From Old Norse skal (bowl). Confer Old English scealu, "cup", "shell"; Dutch schaal; German Schale; Old High German scāla; Gothic skalja. Cognate with scale, as in Etymology 2.

Noun

Singular
scale

Plural
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scale ({{{1}}})
  1. A device to measure mass or weight.
    After the long, lazy winter I was afraid to get on the scale.
  2. Either of the pans, trays, or dishes of a balance.
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Italian

Noun

scale f.

  1. Plural form of scala.

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