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  1. of limited extent; of small scope: a small-scale enterprise.
  2. being a relatively small map, model, etc., of the original and, hence, showing relatively little detail.

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First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of limited size or scope
  2. (of a map, model, etc) giving a relatively small representation of something, usually missing out details
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