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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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for scalably


  1. capable of being scaled or climbed
  2. 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 scalably



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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