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[smawl-skeyl] /ˈsmɔlˈskeɪl/
of limited extent; of small scope:
a small-scale enterprise.
being a relatively small map, model, etc., of the original and, hence, showing relatively little detail.
Origin of small-scale
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • small-scale experiences are constraining, but they also return a sense of care and belonging.

  • The physicists have got small-scale antigravity good enough to float and fly something the size of a hand grenade.

  • Naturally this small-scale ownership was reflected in the distribution of wealth.

    The Age of Big Business Burton J. Hendrick
  • To drop this "demand" also is to subordinate Socialism completely to small-scale capitalism.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • The small-scale model looked like a small scale—a postage scale—except for two dials in the part under the platform.

    Two Timer Fredric Brown
British Dictionary definitions for small-scale


of limited size or scope
(of a map, model, etc) giving a relatively small representation of something, usually missing out details
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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