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Size vs. Scale

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Sizenoun

An assize.

Scalenoun

(obsolete) A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.

Sizenoun

(obsolete) A regulation determining the amount of money paid in fees, taxes etc.

Scalenoun

An ordered, usually numerical sequence used for measurement, means of assigning a magnitude.

‘Please rate your experience on a scale from 1 to 10.’; ‘The magnitude of an earthquake is measured on the open-ended Richter scale.’;

Sizenoun

(obsolete) A fixed standard for the magnitude, quality, quantity etc. of goods, especially food and drink.

Scalenoun

Size; scope.

‘The Holocaust was insanity on an enormous scale.’; ‘There are some who question the scale of our ambitions.’;

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Sizenoun

The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is.

‘The size of the building seemed to have increased since I was last there.’;

Scalenoun

The ratio of depicted distance to actual distance.

‘This map uses a scale of 1:10.’;

Sizenoun

(obsolete) A regulation, piece of ordinance.

Scalenoun

A line or bar associated with a drawing, used to indicate measurement when the image has been magnified or reduced

Sizenoun

A specific set of dimensions for a manufactured article, especially clothing.

‘I don't think we have the red one in your size.’;

Scalenoun

(music) A series of notes spanning an octave, tritave, or pseudo-octave, used to make melodies.

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Sizenoun

(graph theory) A number of edges in a graph.

Scalenoun

A mathematical base for a numeral system; radix.

‘the decimal scale; the binary scale’;

Sizenoun

Degree of rank, ability, character, etc.

Scalenoun

Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order.

Sizenoun

An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, used for measuring the size of pearls.

Scalenoun

A standard amount of money to be received by a performer or writer, negotiated by a union.

‘Sally wasn't the star of the show, so she was glad to be paid scale.’;

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Sizenoun

A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.

Scalenoun

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.

Sizenoun

Wallpaper paste.

Scalenoun

A small piece of pigmented chitin, many of which coat the wings of a butterfly or moth to give them their color.

Sizenoun

The thickened crust on coagulated blood.

Scalenoun

A flake of skin of an animal afflicted with dermatitis.

Sizenoun

Any viscous substance, such as gilder's varnish.

Scalenoun

Part of an overlapping arrangement of many small, flat and hard protective layers forming a pinecone that flare when mature to release pine nut seeds.

Sizeverb

(transitive) To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.

Scalenoun

The flaky material sloughed off heated metal.

Sizeverb

(transitive) To classify or arrange by size.

Scalenoun

Scale mail (as opposed to chain mail).

Sizeverb

(military) To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature.

Scalenoun

Limescale.

Sizeverb

(mining) To sift (pieces of ore or metal) in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts.

Scalenoun

A scale insect.

Sizeverb

To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.

Scalenoun

The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife.

Sizeverb

(intransitive) To take a greater size; to increase in size.

Scalenoun

A device to measure mass or weight.

‘After the long, lazy winter I was afraid to get on the scale.’;

Sizeverb

To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.

Scalenoun

Either of the pans, trays, or dishes of a balance or scales.

Sizeverb

To swell; to increase the bulk of.

Scaleverb

(transitive) To change the size of something whilst maintaining proportion; especially to change a process in order to produce much larger amounts of the final product.

‘We should scale that up by a factor of 10.’;

Sizeverb

(transitive) To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.

Scaleverb

(transitive) To climb to the top of.

‘Hilary and Norgay were the first known to have scaled Everest.’;

Sizenoun

Six.

Scaleverb

To tolerate significant increases in throughput or other potentially limiting factors.

‘That architecture won't scale to real-world environments.’;

Sizenoun

A thin, weak glue used in various trades, as in painting, bookbinding, paper making, etc.

Scaleverb

(transitive) To weigh, measure or grade according to a scale or system.

Sizenoun

Any viscous substance, as gilder's varnish.

Scaleverb

(transitive) To remove the scales of.

‘Please scale that fish for dinner.’;

Sizenoun

A settled quantity or allowance. See Assize.

Scaleverb

(intransitive) To become scaly; to produce or develop scales.

‘The dry weather is making my skin scale.’;

Sizenoun

An allowance of food and drink from the buttery, aside from the regular dinner at commons; - corresponding to battel at Oxford.

Scaleverb

(transitive) To strip or clear of scale; to descale.

‘to scale the inside of a boiler’;

Sizenoun

Extent of superficies or volume; bulk; bigness; magnitude; as, the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock.

Scaleverb

(transitive) To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface.

Sizenoun

Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc.; as, the office demands a man of larger size.

‘Men of a less size and quality.’; ‘The middling or lower size of people.’;

Scaleverb

(intransitive) To separate and come off in thin layers or laminae.

‘Some sandstone scales by exposure.’;

Sizenoun

A conventional relative measure of dimension, as for shoes, gloves, and other articles made up for sale.

Scaleverb

To scatter; to spread.

Sizenoun

An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, - used for ascertaining the size of pearls.

Scaleverb

(transitive) To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder.

Sizeverb

To cover with size; to prepare with size.

Scalenoun

The dish of a balance; hence, the balance itself; an instrument or machine for weighing; as, to turn the scale; - chiefly used in the plural when applied to the whole instrument or apparatus for weighing. Also used figuratively.

‘Long time in even scaleThe battle hung.’; ‘The scales are turned; her kindness weighs no moreNow than my vows.’;

Sizeverb

To fix the standard of.

Scalenoun

The sign or constellation Libra.

Sizeverb

To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk.

Scalenoun

One of the small, thin, membranous, bony or horny pieces which form the covering of many fishes and reptiles, and some mammals, belonging to the dermal part of the skeleton, or dermoskeleton. See Cycloid, Ctenoid, and Ganoid.

‘Fish that, with their fins and shining scales,Glide under the green wave.’;

Sizeverb

To swell; to increase the bulk of.

Scalenoun

Hence, any layer or leaf of metal or other material, resembling in size and thinness the scale of a fish; as, a scale of iron, of bone, etc.

Sizeverb

To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting.

‘We had to size up our fellow legislators.’;

Scalenoun

One of the small scalelike structures covering parts of some invertebrates, as those on the wings of Lepidoptera and on the body of Thysanura; the elytra of certain annelids. See Lepidoptera.

Sizeverb

To take greater size; to increase in size.

‘Our desires give them fashion, and so,As they wax lesser, fall, as they size, grow.’;

Scalenoun

A scale insect. (See below.

Sizeverb

To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.

Scalenoun

A small appendage like a rudimentary leaf, resembling the scales of a fish in form, and often in arrangement; as, the scale of a bud, of a pine cone, and the like. The name is also given to the chaff on the stems of ferns.

Sizenoun

the physical magnitude of something (how big it is);

‘a wolf is about the size of a large dog’;

Scalenoun

The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. See Illust. of Pocketknife.

Sizenoun

the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing);

‘he wears a size 13 shoe’;

Scalenoun

An incrustation deposit on the inside of a vessel in which water is heated, as a steam boiler.

Sizenoun

any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics;

‘size gives body to a fabric’;

Scalenoun

The thin oxide which forms on the surface of iron forgings. It consists essentially of the magnetic oxide, Fe3O4. Also, a similar coating upon other metals.

Sizenoun

the actual state of affairs;

‘that's the size of the situation’; ‘she hates me, that's about the size of it’;

Scalenoun

A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending.

Sizenoun

a large magnitude;

‘he blanched when he saw the size of the bill’; ‘the only city of any size in that area’;

Scalenoun

Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals.

Sizeverb

cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)

Scalenoun

Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being.

‘There is a certain scale of duties . . . which for want of studying in right order, all the world is in confusion.’;

Sizeverb

sort according to size

Scalenoun

Relative dimensions, without difference in proportion of parts; size or degree of the parts or components in any complex thing, compared with other like things; especially, the relative proportion of the linear dimensions of the parts of a drawing, map, model, etc., to the dimensions of the corresponding parts of the object that is represented; as, a map on a scale of an inch to a mile.

Sizeverb

make to a size; bring to a suitable size

Scaleverb

To weigh or measure according to a scale; to measure; also, to grade or vary according to a scale or system.

‘Scaling his present bearing with his past.’;

Sizeadjective

(used in combination) sized;

‘the economy-size package’; ‘average-size house’;

Scaleverb

To strip or clear of scale or scales; as, to scale a fish; to scale the inside of a boiler.

Sizenoun

the relative extent of something; a thing's overall dimensions or magnitude; how big something is

‘a forest the size of Wales’; ‘firms of all sizes’; ‘the schools varied in size’;

Scaleverb

To take off in thin layers or scales, as tartar from the teeth; to pare off, as a surface.

Sizenoun

extensive dimensions or magnitude

‘she seemed slightly awed by the size of the building’;

Scaleverb

To scatter; to spread.

Sizenoun

each of the classes, typically numbered, into which garments or other articles are divided according to how large they are

‘I can never find anything in my size’;

Scaleverb

To clean, as the inside of a cannon, by the explosion of a small quantity of powder.

Sizenoun

a person or garment corresponding to a particular numbered size

‘she's a size 10’;

Scaleverb

To separate and come off in thin layers or laminæ; as, some sandstone scales by exposure.

‘Those that cast their shell are the lobster and crab; the old skins are found, but the old shells never; so it is likely that they scale off.’;

Sizenoun

a gelatinous solution used in glazing paper, stiffening textiles, and preparing plastered walls for decoration.

Scaleverb

To separate; to scatter.

Sizeverb

alter or sort in terms of size or according to size

‘twist drills are sized in millimetres’;

Scaleverb

To climb by a ladder, or as if by a ladder; to ascend by steps or by climbing; to clamber up; as, to scale the wall of a fort.

‘Oft have I scaled the craggy oak.’;

Sizeverb

estimate or measure something's dimensions

‘she was trying to size up a room with a tape measure’;

Scaleverb

To lead up by steps; to ascend.

‘Satan from hence, now on the lower stair,That scaled by steps of gold to heaven-gate,Looks down with wonder.’;

Sizeverb

form an estimate or rough judgement of someone or something

‘the two men sized each other up’;

Scalenoun

an ordered reference standard;

‘judging on a scale of 1 to 10’;

Sizeverb

treat with size to glaze or stiffen

‘paper will adhere to sized walls better’;

Scalenoun

relative magnitude;

‘they entertained on a grand scale’;

Sizeadjective

having a specified size; sized

‘marble-size chunks of hail’;

Scalenoun

the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it;

‘the scale of the map’; ‘the scale of the model’;

Size

Size in general is the magnitude or dimensions of a thing. More specifically, geometrical size (or spatial size) can refer to linear dimensions (length, width, height, diameter, perimeter), area, or volume.

Scalenoun

an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks

Scalenoun

a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin

Scalenoun

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

Scalenoun

(music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)

Scalenoun

a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass

Scalenoun

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

Scalenoun

a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals

Scaleverb

measure by or as if by a scale;

‘This bike scales only 25 pounds’;

Scaleverb

pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard

Scaleverb

take by attacking with scaling ladders;

‘The troops scaled the walls of the fort’;

Scaleverb

reach the highest point of;

‘We scaled the Mont Blanc’;

Scaleverb

climb up by means of a ladder

Scaleverb

remove the scales from;

‘scale fish’;

Scaleverb

measure with or as if with scales;

‘scale the gold’;

Scaleverb

size or measure according to a scale;

‘This model must be scaled down’;

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