the Richter scale

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the Richter scale

technical
:a system of measurement used for showing the strength of an earthquake
  • The earthquake measured 4.5 on the Richter scale.

Word by Word Definitions

scale play
  1. : either pan or tray of a balance

  2. : a beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends

  3. : an instrument or machine for weighing

  1. : to weigh in scales

  2. : to have a specified weight on scales

  1. : a small, flattened, rigid, and definitely circumscribed plate forming part of the external body covering especially of a fish

  2. : a small thin plate suggesting a fish scale

  3. : the scaly covering of a scaled animal

  1. : to remove the scale or scales from (as by scraping)

  2. : to take off in thin layers or scales

  3. : to throw (something, such as a thin, flat stone) so that the edge cuts the air or so that it skips on water : skim

  1. : to attack with or take by means of scaling ladders

  2. : to climb up or reach by means of a ladder

  3. : to reach the highest point of : surmount

  1. : ladder

  2. : a means of ascent

  3. : a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch according to a specified scheme of their intervals

  1. : escalade

  2. : an estimate of the amount of sound lumber in logs or standing timber


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