Still, on a smaller scale, there are such efforts underway.—Kamala Thiagarajan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Become a Subscriber OpenAI was deliberately structured to resist the values that drive much of the tech industry—a relentless pursuit of scale, a build-first-ask-questions-later approach to launching consumer products.—Karen Hao, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2023 But the Cybertruck—forged from flat plates of stainless steel and looking like it was dropped by an alien race—is extremely difficult and expensive to manufacture, casting doubt on whether Tesla can profitably make it at scale.—Shawn Tully, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 The technology for doing this is largely untested at scale, and won’t be cheap.—E&e News, Scientific American, 20 Nov. 2023 Currently, these technologies are extremely expensive and cannot operate at scale.—Jessica F. Green, Foreign Affairs, 20 Nov. 2023 Others, like several filmmaker agents in Torun this year, predict things will not just go back to the usual pace, at least not for a while, comparing the fallout to the aftermath of the COVID shutdowns, though on a smaller scale.—Will Tizard, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Far less well-known is an Indian startup called Appin that, from its offices in New Delhi, enabled customers worldwide to hack whistleblowers, activists, corporate competitors, lawyers, and celebrities on a giant scale.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 The Biden administration has used TPS at an unprecedented scale to grant temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of migrants from countries like Afghanistan, Haiti, Ukraine and Venezuela.—Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 8 Nov. 2023
The dual strikes gave the studios cover to hit the reset button on business plans that had already been scaled back.—Joe Otterson, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Removing even more carbon will require countries to massively scale up carbon removal technologies, given the limited capacity of forests to absorb more carbon dioxide.—E&e News, Scientific American, 20 Nov. 2023 Europe’s financial markets are currently supervised by the European Securities and Markets Authority in Paris, an organization Lagarde thinks can be scaled and built upon to create a single capital market for the continent.—Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2023 This is partially to prevent little hands from getting hold of tiny bricks that could become choking hazards, but also because the sets are scaled to typical child development skills at those ages.—Sarah Bradley, Parents, 16 Nov. 2023 This idea came from researching doll houses and realizing that the doll inside the house was not to scale.—Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023 With the feat, the actor-singer became the first person to legally scale the Manhattan landmark, although his climb began on the 86th floor and concluded on the 104th floor, a mere 1,300 feet off the ground.—Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2023 That’s the slowest gain for that segment in three year, matching other signs that carmakers are finally scaling back on chip orders as their inventories pile up.—Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2023 To check up on the oldest plant ever documented in California, Aaron Echols, 35, conservation chair of the California Native Plant Society’s Riverside/San Bernardino chapter, recently tramped up a steep no-nonsense trail, scaled boulders and barged through sticker weeds.—Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English scole, scale bowl, scale of a balance, from Old Norse skāl; akin to Old Norse skel shell — more at shell
Middle English, from Anglo-French escale, eschale, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scealu shell, husk — more at shell
Middle English, from Late Latin scala ladder, staircase, from Latin scalae, plural, stairs, rungs, ladder; akin to Latin scandere to climb — more at scan