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Scales (sign of the zodiac)


the 7th sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22


location noun (spatial position)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


from Old French escale, of Germanic origin; compare Old English scealushell |...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

Scales | scale | the Scales [sense-specific] | scale insect [sense-specific] | tip the scales [sense-specific] | limescale [sense-specific] | tr [synonym, sense-specific] | scalelike [adjective, derived]

See "the Scales" | any of the numerous plates, made of various substances resembling enamel or dentine, covering the bodies of fishes | any of the ... (24 of 922 words, 39 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)


Random House Dictionary:

scale | scaled [past tense] | scaling [present participle] | scales [sense-specific] | Scales [sense-specific] | tip the scale or scales [sense-specific] | turn the scale or scales [sense-specific] | bud scale [synonym, sense-specific] | mill scale [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[zoology] ; one of the thin, flat, horny plates forming the covering of ... | any thin, platelike piece, lamina, or flake that peels off from a ... (26 of 823 words, 46 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)



Scale [disambiguation] | scales

may refer to: Scale (anatomy), a rigid plate which grows out of the skin of various animals Fish scale | Reptile scale | Scale (Lepidopteran anatomy), on the wings of butterflies and moths | Scale (map), the ratio of a distance on a map to the ... (43 of 454 words, 30 definitions)


American Heritage Dictionary:

libra | librae [plural] | lb. [plural] | Libra | Balance [sense-specific] | Scales [sense-specific]

A unit of weight in ancient Rome equivalent to about 12 ounces. | A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Virgo. | The seventh ... (24 of 75 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)



Balance [French]

Libra (constellation) | [astrology] Libra (star sign) (6 of 11 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

Libra [constellation]

in astronomy, zodiacal constellation in the southern sky lying between Scorpius and Virgo, at about 15 hours 30 minutes right ascension and 15° south ... (24 of 105 words, 1 image)


New World Dictionary:

libra | librae [plural] | Libra | Libran [sense-specific]

[obsolete] "pound": the abbreviation for the unit of measure, lb., derives ... | an ancient Roman unit of weight, equal to about 12 ounces | a former ... (25 of 120 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)



libra | librae [sense-specific, plural] | Libra [sense-specific] | Libran [sense-specific]

"Libra": a southern zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Scorpio ... | (plural "librae") an ancient Roman unit of weight equal to 327.45 grams ; ... (23 of 108 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

Libra | a Libra | Libran [derived]

[astronomy] : a small constellation (the Scales or Balance), said to ... | [astrology] : the seventh sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters at the ... (26 of 97 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


southern constellation lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Virgo and Scorpius; it's one of the constellations ... (22 of 93 words, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

Libra [countable/uncountable] | Libras [plural]

one of the 12 signs of the zodiac, represented by a pair of scales. A Libra or a Libran is someone born between 23 September and 22 October, believed ... (29 of 60 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

Libra | Libran [noun, derived]

the seventh sign of the zodiac, relating to the period 23 September to 22 ... | a Libra (17 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

Libra | Libras [plural]

a zodiacal constellation of the southern hemisphere | the seventh sign of the zodiac, represented by a pair of scales and lasting from approximately ... (23 of 87 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

Scales | scale

First use: 14th century | 13th century | 15th century

Origin: from Old French escale, of Germanic origin; compare Old English scealushell | from Old Norse skāl bowl, related to Old High ... (26 of 46 etymology words)


Encarta Dictionary:

Scales [zodiac, definition 2]

Origin: Plural of scale [entry 1]

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Scales | scale

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Scales"


the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Scales"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Scales"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Scales" by speech synthesizer


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