mac·​ro·​scale ˈma-krō-ˌskāl How to pronounce macroscale (audio)
: a large often macroscopic scale

Examples of macroscale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fluidic and elastomeric architectures required for function span several orders of magnitude from the microscale to the macroscale. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Aug. 2016 The reality of these macroscale dynamics means that demographic shifts often occurred in pulses, in a discontinuous fashion. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2013 This structure is repeated in bone layers from the macroscale to the nanoscale over nine to ten orders of magnitude — like a Russian nesting doll whose multiple figures each get smaller while looking mostly the same. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2018 The macroscale does not always render the microscale irrelevant in such a fashion. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2010 Chemical manufacturing and materials science are industries where microscopic changes in microscopic systems can have major impacts on macroscale development. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 6 June 2022 This is the exact opposite of how plumbing works in our familiar macroscale world. Karmela Padavic-Callaghan, Scientific American, 22 Feb. 2022 Sebald was interested in the subjective nature of history and in the tension between the macroscale at which world historical events are understood in retrospect and the individual scale at which they are lived. Brandon Taylor, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2021 Prior to their analysis of the Fayum portrait, researchers had successfully applied macroscale multimodal imaging to old masters paintings. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 26 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History


macro- + scale entry 5

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macroscale was in 1931

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“Macroscale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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