scale-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: abstract system of measurements, graduated according to some rule

Commentary: SCALE[+system][+measurement][+graduated][+magnitude]
NOTE: refers to the system of graduated markings, measurements

Judging on a scale of 1 to 10, today was a 9.
How bad is the pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
These employees are at the top of the pay scale in their industry.
The two friends came from opposite ends of the social scale. (figurative extension)
They converted the numbers to a binary scale. (2-value system)
The vertical axis is given on a logarithmic scale.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the relative magnitude or size of something

Commentary: SCALE[+quantity][+magnitude][+relative]
NOTE: refers to a quantitative size, ratio or relative magnitude

They entertained on a grand scale.
Mass production has lead to economies of scale in many industries. (bigger scale is cheaper)
The scale of this map is 1:2500. (a ratio of size to something else)
Mary's boutique started out on a small scale, but grew quickly.
The model is not drawn to scale. (not a uniform mapping of size compared to the original)
These processes occur over very large time scales, e.g., tens of millions of years.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: Placeholder sense: Do Not Choose


WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 4: a device that measures weight

Commentary: SCALE[+entity][+physical][+artifact][+device][+measuring][+weight] a tool for measuring, often weight.

John weighs himself every morning on the bathroom scale.
Use the postage scale to see how many stamps this package will need.
The sign over the door of the apothecary depicted a pair of scales.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 5: protective sheath covering something

Commentary: SCALE[+entity][+physical][+covering][+sheathing][+protective][+plant/+animal/+garment] plates of skin or shell (or metal) forming a covering

That fish has pretty irridescent scales.
We closely examined the scales on the moth's wings.
This lotion will smooth away scales of dead, dry skin and leave your face smoother and younger-looking.
This type of arrow can easily pierce the types of scale armor sewn onto leather.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 6: notes

Commentary: SCALE[+system][+sequence][+cyclic][+note][+musical] a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme
NOTE: a specific, technical and narrow use of Sense 1

The second movement of the concerto is written in a minor scale.
He illustrated the scale of C major by playing its sequence of notes on the piano.
They could hear the soprano singing scales in the practice room.
Indian music uses different scales than most Western music, employing quarter tones.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 7: a deposit or residue

Commentary: SCALE[+entity][+physical][+covering][+coating][+substance][+deposit][+residue]
NOTE: similar to Sense 5 in terms of a covering, but it is not protective in nature, just a residue

The old tea kettle had a build-up of scale inside it.
The dental hygienist removed scale from the patient's teeth with a metal implement.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3a, 3b