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sliding scale

a variable scale, especially of industrial costs, as wages, that may be adapted to changes in demand.
a wage scale varying with the selling price of goods produced, the cost of living, or profits.
a price scale, as of medical fees, in which prices vary according to the ability of individuals to pay.
a tariff scale varying according to changing prices.
Origin of sliding scale
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sliding scale
  • Unlike wine and cider, beer is taxed on a sliding scale according to its strength.
  • Under this, profits are shared among partners according to a sliding scale of seniority.
  • Under this system, profits are shared among partners according to a sliding scale of seniority.
  • These positions are all way-points on a sliding scale.
  • Those students should be offered admissions on a sliding scale of tuitions based on their ability to pay.
  • Below a certain income level the costs would be on a sliding scale, all the way to zero.
  • The percentage would be on a sliding scale- the higher the rating, the higher the percentage.
  • Reward them on a sliding scale for their performance and the burden of office, and there you have it.
  • Better-quality drafts and near-finished sequences fall on a sliding scale in between.
  • It's a sliding scale, these objects come in all sizes.
British Dictionary definitions for sliding scale

sliding scale

a variable scale according to which specified wages, tariffs, prices, etc, fluctuate in response to changes in some other factor, standard, or conditions
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sliding scale in Culture

sliding scale definition

A set of rates that change according to a mathematical formula. The income tax, for example, is levied on a sliding scale, with the rich paying a higher percentage than the poor.

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