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[doun-skeyl] /ˈdaʊnˌskeɪl/
located at, moving toward, or of or for the middle or lower end of a social or economic scale:
The discount store caters mainly to downscale customers.
plain, practical, or inexpensive; not luxurious:
downscale clothing.
verb (used with object), downscaled, downscaling.
downsize (def 1).
to make less luxurious or expensive.
Origin of downscale
down1 + scale3 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for downscale
  • The downscale for-profit college sector is dynamic and innovative, but it's basically a scam where barely anyone graduates.
  • downscale voters express doubts about what government can do.
  • downscale chains that landlords once kept out of shopping centers are suddenly being shown the welcome mat.
  • High concentrations of methane can cause a downscale deflection of the meter.
  • To determine the downscale cycle time, measure the concentration of the flue gas emissions until the response stabilizes.
  • Development of a methodology to statistically downscale ensembles of medium range weather forecasts.
  • If it is functioning properly, the meter will deflect downscale and the alarm circuit will be activated.
  • Repeat the entire procedure three times and determine the mean upscale and downscale response times.
  • Monitor response time is reported as the slower of the average of three sets of upscale and downscale determinations.
British Dictionary definitions for downscale


adjective (ˌdaʊnˈskeɪl)
of or for the lower end of an economic or social scale; down-market
verb (ˈdaʊnˌskeɪl)
(transitive) to reduce the scale of
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Word Origin and History for downscale

1945, American English, from down (adv.) + scale (v.). From 1966 as an adjective.

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