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

Definition of unscalable

: not capable of being climbed or scaled : not scalable unscalable peaks an unscalable barrier

Examples of unscalable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Long gone are the days of unscalable on-premises databases or difficult-to-manage Hadoop clusters. Bruno Aziza, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Erected in January, the fence is 7 feet high, made of black metal mesh, and is supposedly unscalable – its openings purposely too small for a toehold. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2021 The first part of a duology, it is set in a huge city enclosed by a gigantic, unscalable wall and has drawn comparisons to both Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 Because of the pandemic and Jan. 6-like security risks, a sea of flags were planted in the ground instead, forming different images inside the federal park cordoned off by a 7-foot unscalable fence. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 20 Jan. 2021 The Capitol complex, typically a hive of activity, remained cut off from its surroundings Sunday night by troop deployments and an imposing scrim of seven-foot-tall, unscalable fencing. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2021 But the final concussion at first appeared as an unscalable wall. Greg Levinsky, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Feb. 2020 The ‘shades of the prison-house’ closed round about us all: walls strait and stubborn to the whitest, but relentlessly narrow, tall, and unscalable to sons of night. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, 2 May 2018 Essentially, Lightning aims to solve the big problem that has loomed over bitcoin in recent years: Satoshi Nakamoto's design for bitcoin is comically unscalable. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unscalable

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

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“Unscalable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscalable. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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