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scalable

[skey-luh-buh l] /ˈskeɪ lə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being scaled:
the scalable slope of a mountain.
Origin of scalable
1570-1580
1570-80; scale3 + -able
Related forms
scalableness, noun
scalably, adverb
unscalable, adjective
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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
British Dictionary definitions for unscalable

scalable

/ˈskeɪləbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being scaled or climbed
2.
(computing) (of a network) able to be expanded to cope with increased use
Derived Forms
scalableness, noun
scalably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unscalable

scalable

adj.

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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