What does capacity mean?

Definitions for capacity
kəˈpæs ɪ tica·pac·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capacity(noun)

    capability to perform or produce

    "among his gifts is his capacity for true altruism"; "limited runway capacity"; "a great capacity for growth"

  2. capability, capacity(noun)

    the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment

    "the capability of a metal to be fused"

  3. capacity, content(noun)

    the amount that can be contained

    "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"

  4. capacity(noun)

    the maximum production possible

    "the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"

  5. capacity(noun)

    a specified function

    "he was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"

  6. capacity(noun)

    (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"

  7. capacitance, electrical capacity, capacity(noun)

    an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored

  8. capacity, mental ability(noun)

    the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior

  9. capacity(noun)

    tolerance for alcohol

    "he had drunk beyond his capacity"

Wiktionary

  1. capacity(Noun)

    The ability to hold, receive or absorb

  2. capacity(Noun)

    A measure of such ability; volume

  3. capacity(Noun)

    The maximum amount that can be held

  4. capacity(Noun)

    Capability; the ability to perform some task

  5. capacity(Noun)

    The maximum that can be produced.

  6. capacity(Noun)

    Mental ability; the power to learn

  7. capacity(Noun)

    A faculty; the potential for growth and development

  8. capacity(Noun)

    A role; the position in which one functions

  9. capacity(Noun)

    Legal authority (to make an arrest for example)

  10. capacity(Noun)

    Electrical capacitance.

  11. capacity(Noun)

    The maximum that can be produced on a machine or in a facility or group.

    Its capacity rating was 150 tons per hour, but its actual maximum capacity was 200 tons per hour.

  12. capacity(Adjective)

    Filling the allotted space.

    There will be a capacity crowd at Busch stadium for the sixth game.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capacity(noun)

    the power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; -- used in reference to physical things

  2. Capacity(noun)

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

  3. Capacity(noun)

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

  4. Capacity(noun)

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

  5. Capacity(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Capacity

    The capacity of both natural and legal persons determines whether they may make binding amendments to their rights, duties and obligations, such as getting married or merging, entering into contracts, making gifts, or writing a valid will. Capacity is an aspect of status and both are defined by a person's personal law: ⁕for natural persons, the law of domicile or lex domicilii in common law jurisdictions, and either the law of nationality or lex patriae, or of habitual residence in civil law states; ⁕for legal persons, the law of the place of incorporation, the lex incorporationis for companies while other forms of business entity derive their capacity either from the law of the place in which they were formed or the laws of the states in which they establish a presence for trading purposes depending on the nature of the entity and the transactions entered into. When the law limits or bars a person from engaging in specified activities, any agreements or contracts to do so are either voidable or void for incapacity. Sometimes such legal incapacity is referred to as incompetence. For comparison, see Competence (law).

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Capacity

    kap-as′i-ti, n. power of holding or grasping a thing: room: volume: power of mind: character: position enabling one to do something.—adj. Capā′cious, including much: roomy: wide: extensive.—adv. Capā′ciously.—n. Capā′ciousness.—v.t. Capac′itate, to make capable: to qualify; Capacity for heat, power of absorbing heat.—Legal capacity, the power to alter one's rights or duties by the exercise of free-will, or responsibility to punishment for one's acts. [Fr.,—L. capacitas,—capĕre, to take, hold.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. capacity

    Burden, tonnage, fitness for the service, rating.

Editors Contribution

  1. capacity

    Power to do, feel, know and understand.

    His capacity to change and shift his perception was amazing.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capacity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1768

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capacity' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2486

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capacity' in Nouns Frequency: #746

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capacity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capacity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of capacity in a Sentence

  1. Zhao Yang:

    We are not sure whether the capacity of the facility could meet all the demand and protect the environment from damage, compared with Guangdong, where our fabric mill sites are, Xinjiang's water is very scarce.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I'm strongly in favor of a decentralized approach to these measures and I'm strongly against any reduction of that decentralization, i think it's important - and this is true for many countries in the world - that cities and states and regions have a capacity to develop all positive measures in relation to climate action.

  3. Yao Guiling:

    Pig production capacity has been falling in the past two years, then in the second half of last year, African swine fever outbreaks further affected restocking, pushing up prices.

  4. Jordan Libowitz:

    People like Kayleigh can volunteer for the campaign, but obviously not in their government capacity or using their government authority, if she does have a position with the campaign, even unpaid, that could raise some questions about when and where she's worked on it, and whether she's used government resources to do so.

  5. Will Compernolle:

    There’s still a gap between orders and shipments as producers ramp up capacity and adjust to increasing demand, the increase in the orders backlog is especially bad in core capital goods, suggesting accelerating capital spending.

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