scal·​er | \ ˈskā-lər How to pronounce scaler (audio) \

Definition of scaler

1 : one that scales
2 : a dental instrument for removing tartar from teeth

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Recent Examples on the Web While toothbrushing and flossing help, the best way to remove biofilm like dental plaque is for a professional such as a dentist or hygienist to remove it with sharp instruments or ultrasonic scalers. Frank Scannapieco, The Conversation, "Lack of toothbrushing for seniors in nursing homes may sound gross, but it’s a serious health risk," 17 Sep. 2019 One of the most crucial jobs in construction was that of the high scaler. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 High scalers would use ropes to climb down the canyon walls to strip away rock. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 During the midst of construction, these walls were festooned with live wires, creating a maze high scalers had to navigate. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 And China’s deployment is at a much smaller scaler than the U.S. Washington Post, "US disinvites China from multinational military exercise," 23 May 2018 After disabling those automatic scalers, the game rendered far more sharply but also became a stuttering, nigh unplayable mess. Kyle Orland And Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "HTC Vive Pro review: Eye-popping VR, with a price that’s a little too real," 3 Apr. 2018 Another useful detail slider is hamstrung at launch: an internal resolution scaler. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy XV for Windows should have been a mess, but it’s the opposite," 7 Mar. 2018 Diazepam pills were found in the cruiser's front and back seats, and marijuana, dime baggies and a digital scaler were inside the Kia, the report said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "State clears Seward police officer in shooting death of Chugiak man," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of scaler

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Scaler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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scal·​er | \ ˈskā-lər How to pronounce scaler (audio) \

Medical Definition of scaler

: any of various dental instruments for removing tartar from teeth

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