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OTHER WORDS FROM scalablescal·a·ble·ness, nounscal·a·bly, adverbun·scal·a·ble, adjective
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What does scalable mean?
Scalable means able to be expanded or made bigger. It’s especially applied to small businesses and computer networks.
This sense of the word is based on the noun scale, referring to the size or extent of something. The related phrase scale up means to expand something or make it bigger. A company considered scalable is one that can be scaled up—it can use the same business model with a much larger operation. The term is especially used in the context of startups that could potentially become very large companies. A computer network or other virtual entity that’s scalable is one that can be expanded while allowing for increased use or additional computing capacity.
Unrelatedly, scalable means able to be climbed. This sense of the word is based on the verb scale, meaning to climb.
Example: It’s an interesting business model, but it’s not scalable—to expand, you’d need an unsustainable amount of raw materials and infrastructure.
Where does scalable come from?
The first records of scalable in reference to something being climeable come from the 1500s. The first records of its more modern sense (relating to things being expanded) come much later, from the 1900s.
This sense of scalable is often associated with computer networks, programs, processes, and data storage. It can be applied to things like databases and artificial intelligence applications, among many others.
More recently, scalable has become popularly used to describe small businesses capable of growth and expansion. It’s especially used as a buzzword in the world of startups. That’s because the goal of most startups is to start small and then become as big as possible. In order for a business to be scalable, it has to be able to expand the capacity to meet the demand for its products or services when its market and customer base grow to become much bigger than they are currently. All of this has to happen while keeping the costs of the product low and maintaining or (as the venture capitalists prefer) increasing profits.
Scalable doesn’t always have to apply to computer networks or startups. Anything that’s able to be expanded or scaled up can be called scalable, such as an individual person’s workflow or a physical object that can be added to as needed.
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How is scalable used in real life?
Scalable is most commonly used in the context of computers and small businesses. In the context of business, it’s often considered a buzzword.
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Example sentences from the Web for scalable
The plan is designed to be scalable and more training bases could come in future years.Obama Taps Star General to Build Syrian Rebel Army to Fight ISIS|Josh Rogin, Eli Lake|September 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And there is no greater opportunity for scalable impact than at the local level.There’s No Better Test for Millennials than the American City|Michael Tubbs|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
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