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[skey-luh-buh l] /ˈskeɪ lə bəl/
capable of being scaled:
the scalable slope of a mountain.
Origin of scalable
First recorded in 1570-80; scale3 + -able
Related forms
scalableness, noun
scalably, adverb
unscalable, adjective Unabridged
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  • I remembered that the cliff hereabouts was of no great height and scalable in a score of places.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Blake came down close to the intake, scanning every foot of the cliff face for a scalable break or crevice.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for scalable


capable of being scaled or climbed
(computing) (of a network) able to be expanded to cope with increased use
Derived Forms
scalableness, noun
scalably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scalable

1570s, "able to be climbed;" see scale (v.1) + -able. From 1936 as "able to be graded by scale." Related: Scalably; scalability.

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