Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Large in scope or extent.
  • adj. Drawn or made large to show detail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Large in amount, scope or extent.
  • adj. Drawn large so as to show detail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. large in area, scope or degree.
  • adj. constructed or drawn to a big scale{4}. See 3rd scale, n., sense 4.
  • adj. widespread; applying to all or most members of a category or group.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unusually large in scope
  • adj. constructed or drawn to a big scale

Etymologies

large + scale (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “large-scale integrated circuits” in the late 1950s and only recently to “very large-scale integrated circuits”.

    Chapter 5

  • West Midlands Police said they were investigating why the crowd had gathered in what they called a "large-scale disorder".

    BBC News - Home

  • The artist is referring to her large-scale paper constructions, which are replicas of modern structures.

    MutualArt: The Art of Deconstruction: Building from Paper

  • Naperville police are working with local, state and federal authorities to investigate the so-called Felony Lane Gang, described as a "large-scale, organized vehicle burglary crew" that has operated in as many as seven states.

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • "We don't think the Fed will need to deliver further quantitative easing during 2012," he said, referring to large-scale asset purchases.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Malcolm Gladwell is getting a lot of attention this week for an article in The New Yorker in which he says that in the eulogies that followed Jobs's death, last month, he was repeatedly referred to as a large-scale visionary and inventor.

    Forbes.com: News

  • That package is now coming to an end, and Flaherty dismissed the idea of large-scale renewed spending as a panacea.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Navigation charts and equipment: Even for a short daysail in familiar waters, it will be necessary to refer to a large-scale (the most detailed chart of the area to determine the location of any hazards (see Part Four, Chart Symbols, p.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • At the same time, the mobility of populations through ordinary travel and relocations, but also large-scale emigration and immigration is projected to skyrocket.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The largest of these were metal and coal mining in California, the Rockies, and parts of the Southwest; cattle ranching on the Plains; lumber in the Pacific Northwest; large-scale fruit and vegetable agriculture in the inland valleys of California; and oil in Texas, Oklahoma, and Southern California.

    A Renegade History of the United States

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