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definition of the word scale

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Musical scale

From Latin scāla, usually in plural scālae (a flight of steps, stairs, staircase, ladder), for *scadla < scandere (to climb); see scan, ascend, descend, etc.

Singular
scale

Plural
scales

scale (plural scales)

  1. An ordered numerical sequence used for measurement.
    Please rate your experience on a scale from 1 to 10.
  2. Size; scope.
    The Holocaust was insanity on an enormous scale.
  3. The ratio of depicted distance to actual distance.
    This map uses a scale of 1:10.
  4. A means of assigning a magnitude.
    The magnitude of an earthquake is measured on the open-ended Richter scale.
  5. (music) A series of notes spanning an octave, tritave, or pseudo-octave, used to make melodies.


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