n 1 a : either pan or tray of a balance b : a beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends - usu. used in pl. 2 : an instrument or machine for weighing
vb, scaled scal*ing vt : to weigh in scales vi : to have a specified weight on scales
, n 1 : a small thin dry lamina shed (as in many skin diseases) from the skin 2 : a film of tartar encrusting the teeth
vb, scaled scal*ing vt : to take off in thin layers or scales < tartar from the teeth> vi 1 : to separate or come off in thin layers or laminae 2 : to shed scales or fragmentary surface matter : EXFOLIATE <scaling skin>
n 1 : a series of marks or points at known intervals used to measure distances (as the height of the mercury in a thermometer) 2 : a graduated series or scheme of rank or order 3 : a graded series of tests or of performances used in rating individual intelligence or achievement .
Similar sounding terms: ce·cal cycle sca·la scaly
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