scale (plans, maps)

The ratio of a dimension (eg. on a plan) to actual size. For instance, 1cm at a scale of 1:100 represents an actual distance of 1m (100cm), while 1cm at 1:500 represents an actual distance of 5m (500cm).



This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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