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Scale, subst. 1) the dish of a balance: Compl. 226. Mids. III, 2, 132. All's II, 3, 161. R2 III, 4, 85. H6B II, 1, 204. Troil. II, 2, 27. Mcb. II, 3, 10. Hml. I, 2, 13. Oth. I, 3, 331. “till our s. turn the beam,” Hml. IV, 5, 157 (weigh the other down). “a feather will turn the s.” Meas. IV, 2, 32. “turn the --s,” H4B II, 4, 276. “if the s. do turn but in the estimation of a hair,” Merch. IV, 1, 330. --s, == balance, used as a singular: in that crystal --s (the two eyes) “let here be weighed your ady's love against some other maid,” Rom. I, 2, 101.
2) a shell: “s. of dragon,” Mcb. IV, 1, 22.
3) a step, or anything used for measuring: “they take the flow o' the Nile by certain --s in the pyramid,” Ant. II, 7, 21.
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