Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of numerous species of marine annelids with two rows of scales, or elytra, along the back.
  • n. An operation by which something is scaled back or reduced.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of marine annelids of the family Polynoidæ, and allies, which have two rows of scales, or elytra, along the back. See Illust. under chætopoda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An annelid of the family Aphroditidæ; a scaleworm; a kind of marine worm covered with scales or elytra on the back, as a sea-mouse or sea-centiped: as, the scolopendrine scaleback, Polynoë scolopendrina. See cut under Polynoë.

Etymologies

scale +‎ back (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Trimming Frank Gehry's design for the Nets arena at Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards will help ensure it gets built, boosters said Friday - but critics say the scaleback is the plan's death knell.

    HoopsVibe

  • BP's new boss says it's time for a "scaleback" in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    Gulf Oil Spill: BP Says Time For 'Scaleback' Of Cleanup Efforts

  • It's definitely not time for a "scaleback", but it probably is time for a transition in terms of the cleanup activities.

    TreeHugger

  • CEO Robert Dudley said last weekend that it was time for BP to "scaleback" its cleanup efforts, the

    TreeHugger

  • With talk of cleanup 'scaleback' and some fishing areas opening, spill may be near new phase

    KLTV - Local and National News

  • Incoming BP CEO: It's time for 'scaleback' in cleanup, but company will still set things right

    WSFA - Around Alabama

  • Efforts time for a "scaleback" of the massive effort to clean up the oil spill, but stressed the commitment to make things right is the same as ever.

    WN.com - Business News

  • BP's incoming CEO said today it's time for a "scaleback" of the massive effort to clean up the

    LT Saloon

  • BP's new boss says it's time for a "scaleback" in cleaning up the Gulf of

    timesOnline: Home RSS feed

  • José Guadalupe Osuna Millan has lobbied for a scaleback in the inspection process, but President Felipe Calderon -- needing to show progress in his three-year offensive against drug cartels -- calls the measures a necessary sacrifice.

    Wanna drive to Tijuana? Not so fast

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