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British pronunciation/skˈe‍ɪl/
American pronunciation/ˈskeɪɫ/
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each of the thin hard plates that cover the surface of the body of a fish or reptile

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scale definition and meaning

What is a "scale"?

A scale is a small, overlapping, bony, or keratinous structure covering many animals' bodies, such as fish, reptiles, and certain mammals. They provide a protective outer layer that serves various functions. In fish, scales help reduce friction in the water, aiding in streamlined movement and reducing energy expenditure. They also provide a barrier against physical injuries and pathogens. Reptiles, such as snakes and lizards, have scales that provide protection from external elements, regulate body temperature, and assist in locomotion by providing traction. Scales in mammals, like pangolins and armadillos, are made of keratin and form tough, armor-like coverings for defense against predators. The diversity of scales across different species reflects their adaptability and importance in the animal kingdom, playing essential roles in locomotion, protection, and environmental adaptation.

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a device used to weigh people or objects

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What is a "scale"?

A scale is a device used to measure the weight of people, ingredients, or other objects. It typically consists of a flat surface or platform on which the item to be weighed is placed, and a digital or mechanical display that shows the weight in units such as pounds, kilograms, or ounces. Scales come in various types and sizes, including bathroom scales for weighing people, kitchen scales for measuring ingredients in cooking or baking, and industrial scales for weighing heavier objects or materials. They are valued for their accuracy and precision in providing measurements, making them essential tools for tasks such as monitoring weight, portioning ingredients, or packaging products.

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an arrangement of a series of musical notes with specified intervals, in ascending or descending pitch order

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the size, amount, or degree of one thing compared with another

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an ordered reference standard

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a principle of design that refers to the size of elements in a composition relative to one another or to the overall size of the composition itself

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a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin

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an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks

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a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

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a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin

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to adjust or modify something according to a specific rate, standard, or size

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to measure or determine the weight of an object using a scale or balance

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to register or indicate a particular weight on a scale or balance

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to take off or peel away scales, often from a fish or other similar surfaces

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to ascend or overcome a height or obstacle, often using a ladder

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to climb and reach the summit or the peak of a height

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to use ladders or similar means to gain access to and conquer a fortified structure

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The scientist carefully examined the reptile's scales to identify its species.
The snake's scales allow it to move smoothly and efficiently across various terrains.
The fish's scales shimmered in the sunlight as it leaped out of the water.
The dragon in the fairy tale had iridescent scales that glistened like jewels.
The alligator's scales provide protection from predators and help regulate body temperature.
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