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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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Origin of small-scale

First recorded in 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for small-scale


  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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