[ skeyl-doun ]

  1. 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/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scaledown in a sentence

  • It could not in law or equity "scale down" its deposits to make good any losses—a feature peculiar to the mutual institution.

    Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
  • But the eating and drinking must scale down to what I think is right.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist | John T. McIntyre

Other Idioms and Phrases with scaledown


Reduce the size or cost of, as in The owners decided to scale down wages. This expression, along with the related scale up, which refers to an increase, alludes to scale in the sense of “a fixed standard.” [Late 1800s]

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