1. To measure or divide ingredients, batters or dough by weight or measurement. 2. A kitchen device used to measure the weight of ingredients and other food. Kitchen scales are available in balance or spring models. A balance scale will give a more accurate reading than a spring scale. Using a scale will result in a more accurate measurement of the ingredients than by measuring it by volume. Scales are available in manual and digital models. 3. To remove the scales of a fish.