sub·​scale ˈsəb-ˌskāl How to pronounce subscale (audio)
variants or sub-scale
plural subscales or sub-scales
: a scale used to obtain a rating or measurement that contributes to a rating or measurement on a larger scale
The overall score on this scale is the sum of scores on the four subscales.
The 90 symptoms form nine subscales and three measures of overall distress.Marjorie Chary Feinson

Examples of subscale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a world where Paramount, WBD and NBCUniversal are seen as subscale compared to Netflix, Disney and Amazon, NBCU has one thing going for it: Comcast and its endless cash flow. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Jan. 2024 The two streaming services, Max/Discovery+ (95 million global subscribers) and Paramount+ (63 million subs), are seen as subscale compared to the offerings from Netflix (247 million subscribers) or Disney+ (105 million core subs), with a merger helping to bulk them up. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2023 There are 28 scales broken down into more detailed subscales trained psychologists use to make inferences about executives’ personalities, leadership capabilities, and relational skills. Trey Williams, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2023 The great irony of the Bugatti Mistral is that there’s nothing subscale about this 1,578-horsepower beast. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2023 In March, an F-15C Eagle based at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida launched an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) at a subscale BQM-167 target drone over the Eglin Test and Training Range, according to an official Air Force statement. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Apr. 2021 Every global firm is struggling with the challenges presented by startups and subscale companies. Allison Bailey, Fortune, 28 June 2022 The subscale steed in question is a perfect representation of the Maranello original, and is even licensed by Ferrari. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2022 The concept includes adding antennas and a software defined radio to the subscale aircraft but minimal alterations otherwise. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subscale was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Subscale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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