A scale is a device that is used for measuring something. Many different kinds of scales show the weight of a person or a thing:
A scale can also be used to represent quality. In the American educational system, letter grades represent the quality of a student’s performance in school:
Scales are also found on the exterior of an animal’s body:
When the word "scale" is used as a verb, it’s similar to the word "climb."
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This page was first published on October 19, 2013. It was updated on October 24, 2016.