Definitions

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

  • adj. Limited in scope or extent; modest: a small-scale plan.
  • adj. Created on a small scale: a small-scale model of the new city hall; a small-scale national map.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a modest scope or extent.
  • adj. Drawn or constructed too small for much detail.

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

  • adj. limited in size or scope
  • adj. created or drawn on a small scale

Etymologies

small + scale (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Artisanal mining refers to small-scale or subsistence mining.

    Congolese Military Withdraws From Tin Mine

  • DER generally refers to small-scale power generation technologies located close to where electricity is used e.g., a home or business to provide an alternative to or an enhancement of the traditional electric power system, according to the

    Forbes.com: News

  • At the same time, the proliferation of small groups—the cells of the megachurch congregation—provide members with a small-scale sense of community.6

    American Grace

  • Shah sees a big role for the private sector in this programme but also emphasises that the biggest impact on poverty will come from reaching small-scale women producers.

    Rajiv Shah: Our aid work is for the American people | Madeleine Bunting

  • New initiatives such as shared-equity plans or deals where house builders agree to take the first loss on a high LTV mortgage are too small-scale to be a long-term fix for the mortgage famine, but could at least help to build confidence.

    Don't Bet on U.K. Housing Recovery

  • This for me is the best part of doing shows in far-flung corners of the world - I get to see a ton of small-scale, small print run books that never get wide comic-shop distribution; everything is utterly unique and this show is the only chance I'll ever get to see most of it.

    Kids Read Comics Report (with preamble)

  • But lone-wolf extremists with little or no formal connection to al Qaeda have proliferated and are potentially plotting small-scale attacks in the U.S, officials said.

    Officials Warn of Domestic Terrorism Threat

  • As a result, they're often too complex and expensive for small-scale or amateur game developers.

    The Winners, Category by Category

  • In 2009 he took the Donmar beyond the confines of its small-scale base and led a season at the larger Wyndham's Theatre in the West End. Here productions included Twelfth Night with Derek Jacobi and Hamlet with Jude Law in the title role.

    Donmar theatre's Michael Grandage to step down

  • Even in the UK's sunniest region, the maximum consumers could save is £412 a year from their electricity bill, compared with the £1,313 that free solar panel companies such as British Gas and Isis Solar will collect from the feed-in tariffs (FITs), the government 'incentive scheme that pays for small-scale renewable energy generation.

    Free solar panels may not be the bargain that they appear to be

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