ad·​dress·​able | \ ə-ˈdre-sə-bəl \

Definition of addressable

1 : able to be addressed : directly accessible addressable registers in a computer
2 : of or relating to a subscription television system that uses decoders addressable by the system operator

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addressability \ ə-​ˌdre-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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And, while other quantum-computer makers have struggled to put more than a few dozen qubits together, D-Wave's systems have already scaled to more than 2,000 addressable bits. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum system," 16 July 2018 Try to separate them into categories, [deal with] the ones that are a little bit more easily addressable, [then] the ones that are more difficult to address, and [then] the ones that are truly earthshaking. Christian Bourge, Popular Mechanics, "How Transplanted Pig Lungs Could Save Human Patients," 30 July 2013 Because of the vast difference in addressable markets between Bluetooth and USB-C audio, almost no one is spending time fixing the shortcomings of USB-C while everyone is focused on improving the quality of wireless sound. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Why USB-C headphones aren’t, and likely never will be, mainstream," 15 June 2018 The acquisition of Xcerra increases our addressable market to approximately $5 billion across handlers, contactors, test and inspection. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Cohu Bags Rival U.S. Chip Tester Xcerra After Chinese Deal Thwarted," 8 May 2018 But here is one question weighing on everyone’s mind: Just how big is Tencent Music’s addressable market? Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, April 23," 23 Apr. 2018 Still, just how big really is Tencent Music’s addressable market? Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Tencent Music: Tune In, But Don’t Turn On Yet," 23 Apr. 2018 That's still a massive addressable market for Amazon Go's technology. Adam Levy, USA TODAY, "Amazon Go could be Amazon's next big service," 8 Mar. 2018 Furthermore, a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States will likely reduce the total addressable market in the years ahead. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "GoPro will stop selling drones once remaining Karma inventory is gone," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of addressable

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for addressable

address entry 1 + -able

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