[n] a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
[n] a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
[n] an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks
[n] a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass
[n] (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
[n] a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
[n] a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
[n] relative magnitude; "they entertained on a grand scale"
[n] the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it; "the scale of the map"; "the scale of the model"
[n] an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
[v] size or measure according to a scale
[v] measure with or as if with scales; "scale the gold"
[v] remove the scales from; "scale fish"
[v] pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
[v] climb up by means of a ladder
[v] reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
[v] take by attacking with scaling ladders; "The troops took the fort"
[v] measure by or as if by a scale; "This bike scales only 25 pounds"