from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shallow dish, commonly of sheet-brass, sometimes of glass, suspended from an end of the beam of a balance, and serving to contain the material to be weighed or the weights.
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In one scale-pan the feather symbol of maat is set, and in the other the hieroglyph sign (ib) of the heart of the deceased.
It was but the weight of one man's hand in the scale-pan, yet there are still many of us who remember how heavy that hand could be.
Lord, if the rebellious cities, through their luxury and folly, have overturned the scale-pan of thy balance, resisting and denying thee;
The weights used are kept in boxes in a definite order, so that the weights on the balance can be counted as well by noting those which are absent from the box as by counting those present on the scale-pan.
In physics the thermometer replaces the sensation of heat that our skin -- our hand, for example -- experiences by the measurable elevation of a column of mercury, and the scale-pan of a precise balance takes the place of the vague sensation of trifling weights; in physiology a registering apparatus replaces the sensation of the pulse which the doctor feels with the end of his forefinger by a line on paper traced with indelible ink, of which the duration and the intensity, as well as the varied combinations of these two elements, can be measured line by line.
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