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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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  • On the right ran the wall of the stockade, impenetrable and unscalable, and it was a long two miles to the north gate.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • It was for a long time supposed to be unscalable from the north side.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • All right—let's go down and see what it did to your unclimbable slide and unscalable walls, Ventnor.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • He looked back at the Gerns and saw they were within a hundred feet of the—for them—unscalable wall of the stockade.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The shore curved inwards in a deep bay just there, and the cliffs rose sheer and unscalable from it to a considerable height.

  • At each side rises an unscalable rock wall with a height of from three to six hundred feet.

  • And then that terrible mute dining-room, with the high, unscalable mantelpieces that no midget could ever reach!

  • The great wall itself seemed to be one vast, unscalable precipice, capped by a series of shining spires.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • They are a boundary, a dividing line, a wall impregnable and unscalable.

    The Night-Born Jack London
  • To the east of him he knew that there were three miles of almost impassable shore, of unbroken, unscalable cliff.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for unscalable


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unscalable



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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