Definitions

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of scale.
  • adj. Covered with scales or scale-like structures.
  • adj. Without scales, or with the scales removed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Covered with scales, or scalelike structures; -- said of a fish, a reptile, a moth, etc.
  • adj. Without scales, or with the scales removed.
  • adj. Having feathers which in form, color, or arrangement somewhat resemble scales.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having scales, as a fish or reptile; scaly; squamate.
  • Having scutella, as a bird's tarsus; scutellate. See cuts under Goura and Guttera.
  • Having color-markings which resemble scales or produce a scaly appearance: as, a scaled dove or quail. See cuts under Scardafella and Callipepla.
  • In entomology, covered with minute scales, as the wings of butterflies and moths, the bodies of many weevils, etc. See cut under scale, n.
  • In heraldry, imbricated; covered with an imbricated pattern. See escalloped.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the body covered or partially covered with thin horny plates, as some fish and reptiles
  • adj. (used of armor) having overlapping metal plates attached to a leather backing

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Examples

  • But when you hear about numbers and the Barack Obama numbers, the term scaled back is relative.

    CNN Transcript Dec 26, 2008

  • Current statistical data has again scaled down 2003 growth estimates.

    Economists as Heretics, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • They are being demolished from within by writers such as China Miéville and Jon Courtney Grimwood, and scaled from the outside by the likes of Michael Chabon and Lev Grossman.

    Does the 'SciFi' Label Still Apply?

  • If this scheme can work in scaled-up versions, it may well protect vulnerable coastlines, entire islands and offshore oil platforms from destructive tsunamis.

    Anti-Tsunami Landscapes

  • He had read widely and variously in Darwin, Spencer, Mill, Muller, and Taine; he had, in short, scaled the "lofty mountains" that had so hemmed in his early view, and made his way into the intellectual kingdoms of the modern world that lay beyond.

    Bjornstjerne Bjornson

  • Taine; he had, in short, scaled the "lofty mountains" that had so hemmed in his early view, and made his way into the intellectual kingdoms of the modern world that lay beyond.

    Bjornstjerne Bjornson

  • "Kiddie care," she called the scaled-down plan, derisively, in private.

    TODAYonline

  • The test itself was to be based on the SAT, but the Selective Service wanted it to be scored -- or, in testing language, "scaled" -- in such a way that the results could be compared with those of the Army General Classification

    The Great Sorting

  • I’ve used a number of productivity aids/tools though the years and along with technology progression I’ve scaled from a plain calendar, to a Day Planner, through a couple different smaller PDA’s, to my current Palm Tungsten C.

    2006 July 06 — Meandering Passage

  • Nuvision Action Images Mr. Call scaled a wall during a competition.

    'Spartan Races' Have Man to Beat

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