scal·​able | \ ˈskā-lə-bəl How to pronounce scalable (audio) \

Definition of scalable

1 : capable of being scaled
2 : capable of being easily expanded or upgraded on demand a scalable computer network

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scalability \ ˌskā-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce scalability (audio) \ noun

Examples of scalable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So too is the Old Ebbitt Grill at 675 15th Street, N.W., a walrus platter throw from the new un-scalable fencing going up. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "As nation votes, the Pentagon awaits new marching orders," 3 Nov. 2020 Their flexible, scalable architectures and battery modules can help brands dump losers and pivot to new models without breaking the bank. Lawrence Ulrich, Car and Driver, "The EVs are Coming," 1 Nov. 2020 The new entity is vowing to be the single, credible, transparent, and scalable collective organization for rights for creators of spoken word compositions. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "No Joke: Music Industry Veterans Turn to Royalty Collections for Comedians, Podcasters," 28 Oct. 2020 The ugly truth is that self-driving technology remains years away from being safe and scalable in dense cities. Ira Boudway,, "Self-Driving Cars Could Be Operating Daily In 1-2 Years—Just Not in Big Cities," 5 Oct. 2020 The aim was to create something scalable, Conklin said. Washington Post, "Futuristic bus stations dot Route 29 for Montgomery’s new Flash system," 29 Sep. 2020 That's not a scalable solution for battery cell manufacturing. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Finally Reveals His Grand Plans to Revolutionize the Battery," 24 Sep. 2020 The cloud can be scalable to any level of activity and accessible by users from anywhere in the world, which is becoming more important now, Ms. Friedman said in an April earnings call. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Nasdaq Ramps Up Cloud Move," 15 Sep. 2020 Now an international team of researchers has built a scalable city-wide quantum network to share keys for encrypting messages. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Physicists Create City-Sized Ultrasecure Quantum Network," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of scalable

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scalable was circa 1580

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“Scalable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scalable

technical : easy to make larger, more powerful, etc.

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