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 scalable (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Differentiation or competitive advantage ranked third among the IT leaders, behind scalable resources and security. Jeffrey Ton, Forbes, "Where Are You On Your Cloud Journey?," 6 May 2021 Green argues it’s a more scalable currency and has a superior blockchain technology. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Ethereum at $5,000? One financial advisor CEO says it could happen this week," 3 May 2021 Now they’re set to expand their easily scalable work into new watersheds in western Washington, and other groups in the Pacific Northwest are picking up on their successful tactics too. Lindsay Vansomeren, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Are Relocating Nuisance Beavers to Help Salmon," 3 May 2021 For Jim, the pandemic and the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol — which was followed by the erecting of non-scalable fencing — meant some pivoting, too. Washington Post, "This flower power couple curates more than 300 acres of Washington’s downtown," 5 Apr. 2021 Indeed, the acquisition seems exceedingly appropriate, especially at a time when larger healthcare systems are seeking innovative and scalable methods to increase efficiency and productivity. Forbes, "Microsoft’s Acquisition Of Nuance Reaffirms Its Interest In Dominating The $11+ Trillion Healthcare Market," 20 Apr. 2021 Researchers believe this program could be scalable and feasible for other school districts, depending on what resources are available. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Study shows COVID-19 case rates in schools higher than previously believed," 20 Apr. 2021 This concept is based on the scalable Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform, a chassis design that can be lengthened, lifted, and widened as needed to support a range of EV models. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Audi Expands Electric Luxury Offerings with A6 e-tron Concept," 19 Apr. 2021 As part of an ambitious R&D build-out there’s a line item for $35 billion of research into hard-to-decarbonize sectors like steel and cement, for which there currently aren’t scalable climate-friendly alternatives. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Biden Is Too Worried About the Deficit, Not Worried Enough About Climate Change," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Scalable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scalable

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

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