Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An electronic circuit that records the aggregate of a specific number of signals that occur too rapidly to be recorded individually.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who scales fish; distinctively, a person in the act of scaling, or who makes a business of it: used specifically of the scaling of menhaden.
  • noun An instrument resembling a currycomb and usually made of tin, used for removing scales from fish.
  • noun An instrument used by dentists in removing tartar from the teeth.
  • noun One who scales or measures logs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, scales; specifically, a dentist's instrument for removing tartar from the teeth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An electronic circuit that aggregates many signals into one.
  • noun An electronic or computer system that adjusts the size of a signal or graphic to fit on a screen etc.
  • noun One who scales.
  • noun A tool or device for scaling fish.

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

  • noun an electronic pulse counter used to count pulses that occur too rapidly to be recorded individually

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From scale.]

Examples

  • Now the watchful "scaler" sees to it that the logs are cut with judgment, so as to utilize every foot of saw timber.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908.

  • Separately, aside from the persisting tighter supply of 16: 9 panels, supply of components such as scaler ICs has stabilized.

    DIGITIMES: IT news from Asia

  • Smith worked at the Manke mill on Tacoma's Tideflats as a "scaler" from September 2004 to July 2006.

    The News Tribune - Tacoma - Homepage

  • Smith worked at the Manke mill on Tacoma's Tideflats as a "scaler" from September 2004 to July 2006.

    The News Tribune - Tacoma - Homepage

  • My favorite fishing knife is a yellow handle Case XX with a thin, pointed blade, hook hone, bottle opener, scaler and hook remover.

    On Favorite Fishing Knives

  • My favorite fishing knife is a yellow handle Case XX with a thin, pointed blade, hook hone, bottle opener, scaler and hook remover.

    On Favorite Fishing Knives

  • The exemplary high scaler was twenty-three-year-old Louis Fagan, a “human pendulum” so dubbed by the Las Vegas Age whose signature feat was to have transferred every member of a tunnel crew around an outcropping on the Arizona cliffside twice a day for three weeks in January 1932.

    Colossus

  • It would not be long before the first high scaler lost his life falling from the canyon wall.

    Colossus

  • The exemplary high scaler was twenty-three-year-old Louis Fagan, a “human pendulum” so dubbed by the Las Vegas Age whose signature feat was to have transferred every member of a tunnel crew around an outcropping on the Arizona cliffside twice a day for three weeks in January 1932.

    Colossus

  • A: You can't because a mountain climber is a scaler.

    Making Light: Open thread 137

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