[skey-luh-buh l]


capable of being scaled: the scalable slope of a mountain.

Nearby words

  1. scala,
  2. scala cordonata,
  3. scala tympani,
  4. scala, la,
  5. scalability,
  6. scalade,
  7. scalage,
  8. scalar,
  9. scalar field,
  10. scalar multiplication

Origin of scalable

First recorded in 1570–80; scale3 + -able

Related formsscal·a·ble·ness, nounscal·a·bly, adverbun·scal·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scalable

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 Formsscalableness, nounscalably, 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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