mi·​cro·​scale ˈmī-krō-ˌskāl How to pronounce microscale (audio)
: a very small scale

Examples of microscale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These steps – from phenomenology to causality and ultimately predictive intervention – are challenging for microbiome research efforts, given the enormously complex interactions occurring on the microscale. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 13 May 2017 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 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. Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2017 The next video exhibits the technology's further potential for use in future microscale factories: The magnetic mechanisms are shown scooping up objects onto mini forklifts, actuating syringes and executing rudimentary electric arc–cutting tasks. Steven Ashley, Scientific American, 21 Oct. 2011 Stalactites and stalagmites are examples of speleothems, but microscale deposits can also build up on cave walls, including sections that contain artwork. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2021 The technique is commonly used by scientists for imaging the internal structure of materials at the microscale. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Aug. 2020 The chemical baths create thick coatings that can’t penetrate the fibers’ microscale nooks and crannies. Wired, 30 Nov. 2019 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, 6 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microscale was in 1929

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“Microscale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microscale. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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