Wednesday, 11 April 2012



1. Zoology .
a. one of the thin, flat, horny plates forming the covering of certain animals, as snakes, lizards, and pangolins.
b. one of the hard, bony or dentinal plates, either flat or denticulate, forming the covering of certain other animals, as fishes.
2. any thin, plate-like piece, lamina, or flake that peels off from a surface, as from the skin.
3. Botany .
a. Also called bud scale. a rudimentary body, usually a specialized leaf and often covered with hair, wax, or resin, enclosing an immature leaf bud.
b. a thin, scarious or membranous part of a plant, as a bract of a catkin.
4. scale insect.
5. a coating or incrustation, as on the inside of a boiler, formed by the precipitation of salts from the water.
6. Often, scales. Metallurgy .
a. an oxide, especially an iron oxide, occurring in a scaly form on the surface of metal brought to a high temperature.
b. Also called mill scale. such scale formed on iron or steel during hot-rolling.
7. scales,
a. a cause of blindness or ignorance, as regarding the true nature of a person, situation, etc.
b. Bible . an unspecified affliction that caused Paul to become temporarily blind.
-verb (used with object)
8. to remove the scales or scale from.
9. to remove in scales or thin layers. cover with an incrustation or scale. skip, as a stone over water.
12.Dentistry . to remove (calculus) from the teeth with instruments.
-verb (used without object) come off in scales. shed scales. become coated with scale, as the inside of a boiler.

1. Often, scales. a balance or any of various other instruments or devices for weighing.
2. Also called scalepan. either of the pans or dishes of a balance.
3. Scales, Astronomy, Astrology . the constellation or sign of libra; Balance.
-verb (used with object)
4. to weigh in or as if in scales.
5. to have a weight of.


1. a succession or progression of steps or degrees; graduated series.
2. a series of marks laid down at determinate distances, as along a line, for purposes of measurement or computation.
3. a graduated line, as on a map, representing proportionate size.
4. a table of graduated rates, as of prices or wages.
5. a wage that conforms to such rates.
6. Also called union scale. a wage fixed by contract that is the minimum permitted to be paid to or accepted by a particular category of employed persons.
7. an instrument with graduated spaces, as for measuring.
8. the proportion that a representation of an object bears to the object itself.
9. the ratio of distances or sometimes of areas on a map to the corresponding values on the earth.
10.a certain relative or proportionate size or extent.
11.a standard of measurement or estimation; point of reference by which to gauge or rate.
12.Music . a succession of tones ascending or descending according to fixed intervals, especially such a series beginning on a particular note.
13.Education, Psychology . a graded series of tests or tasks for measuring intelligence, achievement, adjustment, etc.
14.Arithmetic . a system of numerical notation: the decimal scale.
15.anything by which one may ascend.
16.Obsolete .
a. a ladder.
b. a flight of stairs.
-verb (used with object) climb by or as if by a ladder; climb up or over. make according to scale. adjust in amount according to a fixed scale or proportion (often followed by "down" or "up"). measure by or as if by a scale.
21.Lumbering .
a. to measure (logs).
b. to estimate the amount of (standing timber).
-verb (used without object) climb; ascend; mount. progress in a graduated series.

A forgotten tale
Snaking on sands
Most would see just scale
Ignore the desert tragedy
Printed so blatantly
In white on tan.

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