scale

Scale \Scale\ (sk[=a]l), n. [AS. sc[=a]le; perhaps influenced by the kindred Icel. sk[=a]l balance, dish, akin also to D. schaal a scale, bowl, shell, G. schale, OHG. sc[=a]la, Dan. skaal drinking cup, bowl, dish, and perh. to E. scale of a fish. Cf. {Scale} of a fish, {Skull} the brain case.] 1. The dish of a balance; hence, the balance itself; an instrument or machine for weighing; as, to turn the scale; -- chiefly used in the plural when applied to the whole instrument or apparatus for weighing. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster] Long time in even scale The battle hung. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The scales are turned; her kindness weighs no more Now than my vows. --Waller. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. (Astron.) The sign or constellation Libra. [1913 Webster] {Platform scale}. See under {Platform}. [1913 Webster]