Diminished scale

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a scale of gradation used in finding the different points for drawing the spiral curve of the volute.

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Assured yet immobile, each animal is caught within its world of diminished scale.
Of course, had Smith died before publication of his second book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, it is certain that celebrations for him would have been on a vastly diminished scale.
Also, of course, those performances were viewed from places in the audience, with all the pluses of intimacy, the sense of breath and force, that live dance brings, and all the minuses of diminished scale and single viewpoint enforced by a fixed seat.
The company continues to evaluate alternative strategies, which include the continuation of operations in the present form, operations on a diminished scale, suspension of operations, shutdown, or a complete or partial divestiture.
On a much diminished scale, the great house served the same function for women.
If bluecollar, labor union featherbedding has mostly been stamped out, white-collar featherbedding in government and private sector corporations seemingly goes on, even in recessionary times, though perhaps on a diminished scale.