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From scale +‎ -able.


scalable (comparative more scalable, superlative most scalable)

  1. Capable of being climbed. [from 16th c.]
  2. Able to be changed in scale; resizeable. [from 20th c.]
    • 2011, David Runciman, "Socialism in One Country", London Review of Books, XXXIII.15:
      To use one of the ugliest words in the contemporary lexicon, Glasman and his colleagues believe that micro-democracy is scalable: get it right at the local level, and the rest will follow.
  3. (computers) Able to greatly increase in capacity, with relative ease. [from 1980s]
    • 2002, Craig Hunt, "TCP/IP Network Administration 3rd ed", pg 82:
      Most systems have a small host table, but it cannot be used for all applications because it is not scalable and does not have a standard method for automatic distribution.

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