- a reduction in size, quantity, or activity according to a fixed scale or proportion: a scaledown of military expenditures.
Origin of scaledown
First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase scale down
Also called scale·back [skeyl-bak] /ˈskeɪlˌbæk/.
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Related Words for scale backtrim, retrench, reduce, diminish, curtail, shrink, cut, deduct, decrease
- (adverb) to reduce or make a reduction in the level of activity, extent, numbers, etc
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