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Meaning of CAPACITY

Pronunciation:  ku'pasitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the maximum production possible; "the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
  2. [n]  a specified function; "he was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
  3. [n]  tolerance for alcohol; "he had drunk beyond his capacity"
  4. [n]  ability to perform or produce
  5. [n]  the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
  6. [n]  an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored
  7. [n]  (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive; "the capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes"
  8. [n]  the amount that can be contained; "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
  9. [n]  the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment; "the capability of a metal to be fused"

CAPACITY is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: capability, capacitance, content, electrical capacity, mental ability
 Antonyms: incapacity, incapacity
 See Also: ability, activity, capability, capableness, electrical phenomenon, formatted capacity, function, indefinite quantity, office, part, power, prescience, prevision, production, role, susceptibility, susceptibleness, tolerance, unformatted capacity, vital capacity, volume



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ca*pac"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Capacities} (-t[i^]z). [L.
capacitus, fr. capax, capacis; fr. F. capacit['e]. See
1. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or
   space; passive power; -- used in reference to physical

         Had our great palace the capacity To camp this host,
         we all would sup together.            --Shak.

         The capacity of the exhausted cylinder. --Boyle.

2. The power of receiving and holding ideas, knowledge, etc.;
   the comprehensiveness of the mind; the receptive faculty;
   capability of undestanding or feeling.

         Capacity is now properly limited to these [the mere
         passive operations of the mind]; its primary
         signification, which is literally room for, as well
         as its employment, favars this; although it can not
         be dented that there are examples of its usage in an
         active sense.                         --Sir W.

3. Ability; power pertaining to, or resulting from, the
   possession of strength, wealth, or talent; possibility of
   being or of doing.

         The capacity of blessing the people.  --Alex.

         A cause with such capacities endued.  --Blackmore.

4. Outward condition or circumstances; occupation;
   profession; character; position; as, to work in the
   capacity of a mason or a carpenter.

5. (Law) Legal or noral qualification, as of age, residence,
   character, etc., necessary for certain purposes, as for
   holding office, for marrying, for making contracts, will,
   etc.; legal power or right; competency.

{Capacity for heat}, the power of absorbing heat. Substances
   differ in the amount of heat requisite to raise them a
   given number of thermometric degrees, and this difference
   is the measure of, or depends upon, what is called their
   capacity for heat. See {Specific heat}, under {Heat}.

Syn: Ability; faculty; talent; capability; skill; efficiency;
     cleverness. See {Ability}.

Computing Dictionary

The maximum possible data transfer rate of a communications channel under ideal conditions. The total capacity of a channel may be shared between several independent data streams using some kind of multiplexing, in which case, each stream's data rate may be limited to a fixed fraction of the total capacity.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Having legal authority or mental ability. Being of sound mind.
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