small-scale ˈsmall-scale adjective
small in size or limited in degree:

• small-scale enterprises

• small-scale industrial activities

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small-scale UK US /ˌsmɔːlˈskeɪl/ adjective [before noun]
not involving a lot of people, things, or activity, or happening over a small area: »

Existing small-scale industry is more flexible but often trapped in low profit/low innovation competition.


The rural population consists mostly of small-scale farmers and wine producers.


They have initiated a small-scale feasibility study.


small-scale agriculture/farming/production

Compare LARGE-SCALE(Cf. ↑large-scale)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • small-scale — adj involving only a small number of things or a small area ≠ ↑large scale ▪ a small scale study …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • small-scale — [smôlskāl΄] adj. 1. drawn to a small scale and showing few details: said of a map, etc. 2. of limited scope; not extensive [small scale business operations] …   English World dictionary

  • small-scale — small′ scale′ adj. 1) of limited extent or scope: a small scale enterprise[/ex] 2) (of a map, model, etc.) being a relatively small version of the original; showing relatively little detail • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • small-scale — adjective smaller or less important than other things of the same kind: a small scale operation/attack …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • small-scale — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of limited size or extent …   English terms dictionary

  • small-scale — adjective 1. created or drawn on a small scale (Freq. 1) small scale maps a small scale model • Similar to: ↑small, ↑little 2. limited in size or scope a small business …   Useful english dictionary

  • small-scale — ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A small scale activity or organization is small in size and limited in extent. ...the small scale production of farmhouse cheeses in Devon. Ant: large scale …   English dictionary

  • small-scale — /smawl skayl /, adj. 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. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • small-scale — adjective small in size: a small scale study …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • small-scale — adj. Small scale is used with these nouns: ↑agriculture, ↑enterprise, ↑entrepreneur, ↑farmer, ↑farming, ↑manufacturing, ↑map, ↑producer, ↑production, ↑trader …   Collocations dictionary

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