1. a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin

    Synonyms : exfoliation, scurf
    Type Of : flake, fleck, scrap, chip, bit
  2. remove the scales from

    Synonyms : descale
    Type Of : withdraw, remove, take, take away
    Examples :
    • scale fish
  3. (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)

    Synonyms : musical scale
    Type Of : musical notation
  4. a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass

    Synonyms : weighing machine
    Type Of : measuring system, measuring device, measuring instrument
  5. reach the highest point of

    Synonyms : surmount
    Type Of : attain, gain, hit, make, reach, arrive at
    Examples :
    • We scaled the Mont Blanc
  6. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

    Synonyms : plate, shell
    Type Of : shield
  7. an ordered reference standard

    Synonyms : graduated table, ordered series, scale of measurement
    Type Of : touchstone, criterion, measure, standard
    Examples :
    • judging on a scale of 1 to 10
  8. a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin

    Synonyms : scale leaf
    Type Of : foliage, leaf, leafage
  9. a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals

    Type Of : natural covering, covering, cover
  10. an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks

    Type Of : indicator
  11. climb up by means of a ladder

    Type Of : climb up, climb, go up, mount
  12. measure by or as if by a scale

    Type Of : measure
    Examples :
    • This bike scales only 25 pounds
  13. measure with or as if with scales

    Type Of : measure, quantify
    Examples :
    • scale the gold
  14. pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard

    Type Of : pattern, model
  15. relative magnitude

    Type Of : magnitude relation, quantitative relation
    Examples :
    • they entertained on a grand scale
  16. size or measure according to a scale

    Type Of : size
    Examples :
    • This model must be scaled down
  17. take by attacking with scaling ladders

    Type Of : take
    Examples :
    • The troops scaled the walls of the fort
  18. the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it

    Type Of : proportion
    Examples :
    • the scale of the map
    • the scale of the model


  1. a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables

    Synonyms : dibrach
    Type Of : foot, metrical foot, metrical unit
  2. an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare

    Type Of : ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing
  3. of or relating to a war dance of ancient Greece

    Examples :
    • pyrrhic dance movements
  4. of or relating to or containing a metrical foot of two unstressed syllables

    Examples :
    • pyrrhic verses
  5. of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans)


  1. a person of considerable prominence

    Type Of : celebrity, famous person
    Examples :
    • she is a Hollywood personality
  2. the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual

    Type Of : attribute


  1. the power of retaining and recalling past experience

    Synonyms : memory, retentiveness, retentivity
    Type Of : faculty, module, mental faculty
  2. the power of retaining liquid

    Synonyms : retentiveness, retentivity
    Type Of : impermeableness, impermeability
  3. the act of retaining something

    Synonyms : holding, keeping
    Type Of : ownership, possession


  1. vile; despicable

    Synonyms : dirty, filthy
    Examples :
    • a dirty (or lousy) trick
  2. very bad

    Synonyms : crappy, icky, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinky
    Examples :
    • a lousy play
  3. infested with lice

    Examples :
    • burned their lousy clothes


  1. an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

    Synonyms : low-water mark
    Type Of : adversity, hard knocks, hardship
  2. the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

    Antonyms : zenith
    Type Of : celestial point


  1. radiating or as if radiating light

    Synonyms : beaming, beamy, effulgent, radiant
    Examples :
    • a refulgent sunset


  1. one who sells advice about gambling or speculation (especially at the racetrack)

    Synonyms : tipster
    Type Of : adviser, advisor, consultant
  2. someone who buys tickets to an event in order to resell them at a profit

    Synonyms : ticket tout
    Type Of : scalper
  3. show off

    Synonyms : blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, vaunt
    Type Of : exaggerate, overstate, overdraw, magnify, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, amplify
  4. someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way

    Synonyms : touter
    Type Of : advertizer, advertiser, adman
  5. advertize in strongly positive terms

    Type Of : judge, label, pronounce
    Examples :
    • This product was touted as a revolutionary invention


  1. blemished by injury or rough wear

    Synonyms : scarred
    Examples :
    • walls marred by graffiti


  1. exhibiting spectral colors formed by refraction of light through a prism

    Examples :
    • prismatic light
  2. of or relating to or resembling or constituting a prism

    Examples :
    • prismatic form