Meaning | An ordered reference standard. |
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Synonyms | scale, graduated table, ordered series |
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Narrower | Beaufort scale, wind scale | An international scale of wind force from 0 (calm air) to 12 (hurricane) |
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Mercalli scale | A scale formerly used to describe the magnitude of an earthquake |

Mohs scale | A scale of hardness of solids |

Richter scale | A logarithmic scale of 1 to 10 formerly used to express the magnitude of an earthquake on the basis of the size of seismograph oscillations |

index | A numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number |

logarithmic scale | scale on which actual distances from the origin are proportional to the logarithms of the corresponding scale numbers |

moment magnitude scale | A logarithmic scale of 1 to 10 (a successor to the Richter scale) that enables seismologists to compare the energy released by different earthquakes on the basis of the area of the geological fault that ruptured in the quake |

temperature scale | A system of measuring temperature |

wage scale, wage schedule | A schedule of wages paid for different jobs |

Broader | standard, criterion, measure, touchstone | A basis for comparison |
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Spanish | escala |
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Catalan | escala |
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