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Scale or scales may refer to:

Common meanings[edit]

  • Scale (model), physical representation of an object
  • Scale (map), the ratio of the distance on a map to the corresponding actual distance
  • Scale (ratio), the ratio of the linear dimension of the model to the same dimension of the original
  • Scale (measuring), an instrument used to measure weight
  • Scale (music), a sequence of ordered musical notes
  • Scale (anatomy), a rigid plate which grows out of the skin of various animals
  • Scale (dermatology), a secondary skin lesion in humans that resembles animal scales
  • Spatial scale, an informal system of general size categorizations
  • Pay scale, a system or structure of compensation for work





  • Scale (analytical tool), a concept in the study of complex systems and hierarchy theory
  • Scale (chemistry), to the scale in mass or volume, of a chemical reaction or process
  • Scale (insect anatomy), an anatomical feature of the wings of moths and butterflies
  • Scale insect, a waxy coated animal that resembles a fish scale
  • Scale, a type of trichome, any flat epidermal outgrowth in botany
  • Bulb scale, the storage layers of a plant bulb


Other uses[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Mizan (Scale in English), a treatise on Islam by Javed Ahmed Ghamidi
  • Scalability, a concept in computer science and electronics
  • Scaling (geometry), a linear transformation that enlarges or shrinks objects