1. A flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
2. A series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave); SYN. musical scale.
3. A specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin; SYN. scale leaf.
4. The ratio between the size of something and a representation of it
5. An indicator having a graduated sequence of marks.
6. An instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass; SYN. weighing machine.
7. An ordered reference standard:; SYN. scale of measurement, graduated table, ordered series.
8. Relative magnitude
9. A thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin; SYN. scurf.
Balance, device used for weighing; thin skin flakes or plates comprising the body covering of some animals (such as fish and reptiles)
ETYM as. scealy, scalu. Related to Scalme, Shell.
A sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clay.
Laminated rock of consolidated clay or mud.
Fine-grained and finely layered sedimentary rock composed of silt and clay. It is a weak rock, splitting easily along bedding planes to form thin, even slabs (by contrast, mudstone splits into irregular flakes). Oil shale contains kerogen, a solid bituminous material that yields petroleum when heated.