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 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 Health care organizations can request rides for patients, caregivers and staff through a scalable, HIPAA-secure platform, according to Uber. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Uber launches prescription delivery pilot program in Dallas and Seattle," 20 Aug. 2020 Which, notably, is a smaller mountain than at many deep-dish places — a scalable Mount Rainier compared with a you-might-not-make-it Kilimanjaro. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Chicago’s best pizzas — 27 pies across all styles," 27 Aug. 2020 But most African countries, including Kenya, depend on a centralized physical office system that is not scalable, especially in far-flung areas. Vincent Matinde, The Christian Science Monitor, "How a Kenyan entrepreneur is speeding up snail mail," 20 Aug. 2020 Even though uptake of the program has been slower than the PPP, the Boston Fed is proud to have built a scalable lending platform able to take on up to $600 billion in corporate loans. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: The Fed’s emergency loan program — you need to know more about it," 19 Aug. 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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10 Oct 2020

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“Scalable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scalable

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

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