scaling

[ skey-ling ]
/ ˈskeɪ lɪŋ /

noun Dentistry.

the removal of calculus and other deposits on the teeth by means of instruments.

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Origin of scaling

OTHER WORDS FROM scaling

non·scal·ing, adjectiveun·scal·ing, adjective

Definition for scaling (2 of 4)

scale1
[ skeyl ]
/ skeɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), scaled, scal·ing.

verb (used without object), scaled, scal·ing.

Origin of scale

1
1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Middle French escale < West Germanic *skāla; akin to scale2; (v.) late Middle English scalen to remove scales from, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM scale

scale·less, adjectivescale·like, adjective

Definition for scaling (3 of 4)

scale2
[ skeyl ]
/ skeɪl /

noun

Often scales. a balance or any of various other instruments or devices for weighing: We gave the parents a baby scale. The butcher placed the meat on the scales.
Also called scalepan. either of the pans or dishes of a balance.
Scales, Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Libra; Balance.

verb (used with object), scaled, scal·ing.

to weigh in or as if in scales.
to have a weight of.

Origin of scale

2
1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse skālar (plural), cognate with Old English scealu scale (of a balance)

Definition for scaling (4 of 4)

scale3
[ skeyl ]
/ skeɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), scaled, scal·ing.

verb (used without object), scaled, scal·ing.

to climb; ascend; mount.
to progress in a graduated series.

Origin of scale

3
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Latin scālae ladder, stairs; (v.) Middle English < Old French escaler or Medieval Latin scālāre, both ≪ Latin scāla, scālae
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British Dictionary definitions for scaling (1 of 3)

scale1
/ (skeɪl) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of scale

scalelike, adjective

Word Origin for scale

C14: from Old French escale, of Germanic origin; compare Old English scealu shell

British Dictionary definitions for scaling (2 of 3)

scale2
/ (skeɪl) /

noun

(often plural) a machine or device for weighing
one of the pans of a balance
tip the scales
  1. to exercise a decisive influence
  2. (foll by at) to amount in weight (to)

verb (tr)

to weigh with or as if with scales
to have a weight of

Word Origin for scale

C13: from Old Norse skāl bowl, related to Old High German scāla cup, Old English scealu shell, scale 1

British Dictionary definitions for scaling (3 of 3)

scale3
/ (skeɪl) /

noun

verb

See also scale back

Word Origin for scale

C15: via Italian from Latin scāla ladder; related to Old French eschiele, Spanish escala
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Scientific definitions for scaling (1 of 2)

scale1
[ skāl ]

One of the small thin plates forming the outer covering of fish, reptiles, and certain other animals.
A similar part, such as one of the minute structures overlapping to form the covering on the wings of butterflies and moths.
A small, thin, usually dry plant part, such as one of the protective leaves that cover a tree bud or one of the structures that contain the reproductive organs on the cones of a conifer.
A plant disease caused by scale insects.

Scientific definitions for scaling (2 of 2)

scale2
[ skāl ]

An ordered system of numbering or indexing that is used as a reference standard in measurement, in which each number corresponds to some physical quantity. Some scales, such as temperature scales, have equal intervals; other scales, such as the Richter scale, are arranged as a geometric progression.
An instrument or a machine for weighing.
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Cultural definitions for scaling (1 of 2)

scale

In music, the sequence of tones that a piece of music principally uses. A composition in the key of C-major uses the C-major scale, made up of the white keys on a piano.

Cultural definitions for scaling (2 of 2)

scale

A system of marks set at fixed intervals, used as a standard for measurement.

notes for scale

On a map, plan, or chart, a scale indicates the proportion between the representation and what it represents, such as the legend “One inch equals twenty miles” on a map.

notes for scale

Temperature scales divide up the range of temperatures into equal degrees.
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Idioms and Phrases with scaling

scale

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