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scale3

 
pronunciation:
skeIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a series of successive steps or degrees.
synonyms:
progression
definition 2: a set of consecutive marks, usu. numbered, on a measuring device such as a ruler or thermometer.
synonyms:
calibration
definition 3: such a device.
synonyms:
measure
definition 4: the ratio of the size of a model or other representation, such as a map, to the actual size of the thing represented.
a scale of one inch to ten miles
definition 5: degree, extent, or level.
large-scale war
synonyms:
degree, grade, order
definition 6: in music, a succession of ascending or descending tones.
similar words:
mode
definition 7: anything that one may ascend or go up.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scales, scaling, scaled
definition 1: to climb up or on top of; ascend.
She scaled a steep cliff.
 
synonyms:
ascend, climb, surmount, top
similar words:
escalade, mount, swarm
definition 2: to make or adjust according to a ratio or proportion (sometimes fol. by "to," "down," or "up").
He scaled his desires to what was possible.The building project will continue now that we've have scaled down the cost.
synonyms:
regulate
similar words:
adapt, adjust, set
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to climb, progress, or ascend, esp. in stages.
synonyms:
ascend, climb
similar words:
progress, rise
derivation: scaler (n.)
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