- an assessed percentage deduction, as in weight or price, granted in dealings with goods that are likely to shrink, leak, or otherwise vary in the amount or weight originally stated.
- the amount of lumber estimated to be contained in a log being scaled.
Origin of scalage
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- US a percentage deducted from the price of goods liable to shrink or leak
- forestry, US and Canadian the estimated amount of usable timber in a log
C19: from scale ³ + -age
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