mi·​cro·​scale | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌskāl How to pronounce microscale (audio) \

Definition of microscale

: a very small scale

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At the microscale, the level at which most teeth are structured, light can interact and bounce off molecules leading to a nice bright white smile, Meyers tells Gizmodo’s Ed Cara. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Nanoscale Structures Give Dragonfish Their Terrible, Invisible Teeth," 6 June 2019 Focusing on the biophysical rules that control these bacterial cities at the microscale might just give scientists a way to halt the urban sprawl and give more humans a fighting chance. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, "Building Codes for Bacterial Cities," 25 July 2017 Urban Thinkspace isn’t the only organization attempting to harness the power of play on a microscale. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Weaving Games and Puzzles Into the Fabric of a City," 15 Feb. 2018 Typically these are made up of microscale or nanoscale spikes, which repel droplets landing on top, and can even cause tiny droplets to leap off the surface. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Watch water droplets literally jump off a ‘water-hating’ material," 18 Dec. 2017 Meet the microscale: essentially, a teeny-tiny ruler that’s a must-have for entomologists — researchers who investigate insects. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Tools of the Trade: Taking Insects' Measure," 4 Oct. 2017 But Drew realized that for all their faults on the macroscale, ion thrusters could work wonders on the microscale. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "The Sci-Fi Technology that Could Power Microbots," 8 Aug. 2017 MeV [mega electron-volt] proton beams and collide onto microscale B-11 target with a fusion Q (energy ratio) > 20, possibly leading to self-sustained fusion. David Hambling, WIRED, "Darpa’s Handheld Nuclear Fusion Reactor," 6 July 2009 The winning shots include images of delicate microscale processes, an amazing vista captured by a research drone and a moment of connection between man and machine. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "Engineers Show Off Their Creative Side," 3 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of microscale

1929, in the meaning defined above

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