scale of measurement
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|Noun||1.||scale of measurement - an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"|
criterion, standard, touchstone, measure - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
Beaufort scale, wind scale - an international scale of wind force from 0 (calm air) to 12 (hurricane)
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
Mercalli scale - a scale formerly used to describe the magnitude of an earthquake; an earthquake detected only by seismographs is a I and an earthquake that destroys all buildings is a XII
Mohs scale - a scale of hardness of solids; talc is 0 and diamond is 10; ordering is determined by which substance can scratch another substance
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
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
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