capable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj capable having the requisite qualities for "equal to the task","the work isn't up to the standard I require"
    • adj capable (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability "capable of winning","capable of hard work","capable of walking on two feet"
    • adj capable (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for "no one believed her capable of murder"
    • adj capable have the skills and qualifications to do things well "able teachers","a capable administrator","children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
    • adj capable possibly accepting or permitting "a passage capable of misinterpretation","open to interpretation","an issue open to question","the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephants are capable of swimming 20 miles in one day.
    • Capable Capacious; large; comprehensive.
    • Capable Possessing ability, qualification, or susceptibility; having capacity; of sufficient size or strength; as, a room capable of holding a large number; a castle capable of resisting a long assault. "Concious of joy and capable of pain."
    • Capable Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations. "More capable to discourse of battles than to give them."
    • Capable Possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Experiments have shown that, ants are capable of lifting 50 times their own weight and pulling loads 300 times their own weight.
    • capable Able to hold or contain; sufficiently capacious (for): followed by of.
    • capable Capacious; extensive; comprehensive: as, “a capable and wide revenge,”
    • capable Able to receive; open to influences; impressible; receptive; susceptible; admitting: usually followed by of: as, capable of pain and grief; capable of long duration; capable of being colored or altered: sometimes used absolutely.
    • capable Able to be received.
    • capable Fitted or deserving to receive: as, “capable of mercy,”
    • capable Sufficiently able (to do something): as, a man capable of judging.
    • capable Having legal power or capacity: as, a bastard is not capable of inheriting an estate.
    • capable Possessing a good degree of intelligence or ability; qualified; able; competent: as, a capable judge; a capable instructor.
    • capable Synonyms Qualified, fitted, adapted, efficient, clever, skilful, gifted, accomplished.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sun's total lifetime as a star capable of maintaining a life-bearing Earth is about 11 billion years. Nearly half that time has passed.
    • adj Capable kāp′a-bl having ability, power, or skill to do: qualified, competent
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Quotations

  • Geoffrey Gaberino
    Geoffrey Gaberino
    “The real contest is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.”
  • John Keats
    John%20Keats
    “The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
    Katherine%20Mansfield
    “I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.”
  • Robert J. Mckain
    Robert J. Mckain
    “Become all that you are capable of becoming!”
  • Charles E. Popplestone
    Charles E. Popplestone
    “You must be resolutely determined that whatever you do shall always be the best of which you are capable.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. capable, LL. capabilis, capacious, capable, fr. L. caper, to take, contain. See Heave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. capabilis—L. capĕre, to hold, take.

Usage

In literature:

And in consequence of many things there, capable of charming everybody, that forest was fair, delightful, and holy.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And these long and thick shafts resembling the lunar crescent in shape, keen-edged and capable of thinning the enemy's ranks, belong to Bhima.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
They were capable of it.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
If you have feelings capable of the one, you must have them capable also of the other.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
I rejoice to find such admirable capabilities where I propose to fix my dominion.
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke
I hinted to him that I thought the English capable of administering aid to the Algerines.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
A good English copyist, capable of mapping, will be required in the Resident's office at 150, and two Persian writers 100; total 250.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
If you had to choose between a fairly capable but humble teacher, and a very capable but conceited one, which one would be your choice?
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
They are capable of sending you home on this charge.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
She but awakened his ambition, yet he believed himself capable of the destinies which she dreamed of for him.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Was she rude after all, this very pretty girl, who was capable of laughter.
"The Butterfly House" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Not only are old impressions capable of misleading us; the charms of novelty have the same power.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
I assure you, they are much more capable than I of dealing with the Nipe.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
In this position the sum of the tensions capable of being exerted on D would be a maximum.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Diocletian is the only instance of a prince, capable of holding the reins of government, who had adopted a similar course.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The jaguar, however, is capable of being tamed.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Catherine waved her away, and, with an effort of which none but she would have been capable, mastered the physical weakness.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Deficiencies in technical training are capable of imposing grave restrictions upon freedom of action.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
I am fully capable of understanding all that hate may desire or accomplish.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
So that individual is capable, so far as he is concerned, of transmitting his trait in undiminished intensity.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
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In poetry:

To see the poverty of man! he still
Receives but curtall'd happinesse, his skill
Makes him not capable of a full store,
But if he have some, he must want the more.
"To Mr. Holiday Archdeacon of Oxon: from Flower 1625" by Robert Gomersall
Is so far clear? You know Violante now,
Compute her capability of crime
By this authentic instance? Black hard cold
Crime like a stone you kick up with your foot
I’ the middle of a field?
"The Ring And The Book - Chapter IV - Tertium Quid" by Robert Browning
Anticipate the best women;
I say an unnumbered new race of hardy and well-defined women are to
spread through all These States,
I say a girl fit for These States must be free, capable, dauntless,
just the same as a boy.
"Poem Of Remembrance For A Girl Or A Boy" by Walt Whitman
Fate was present and acquired for a nothing
every expression my face is capable of,
even to the way I walk.
The daily diminishing of me went on
and after I was emptied fate gave me up
and left me standing there, abandoned.
"The Song Of The Widow" by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Hydropathic is situated on an eminence most grand,
And is one of the largest buildings in fair Scotland;
And capable of accommodating five hundred visitors, who often call there,
To recuperate their health and breathe the fragrant air.
"Beautiful Crief" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

According to the company's press release, the gage is capable of measuring diameters, roundness, cylindricity, timing angle and stroke with sub-micron accuracy.
Promoting Your Hospital's HIT Capabilities, Creatively .
Promoting your facility's health information technology capabilities to the general public can be daunting.
She may be the world's most graceful athlete -- a majestic child capable of making grown men weep almost as easily as she does -- but Oksana Baiul still has a thing or two to learn about human nature.
Antonio Cromartie has developed into a weapon for the Jets, a three-way player capable of making an impact on offense, defense and special teams.
Max Neeman International now has a larger Asia-Pac footprint with new presence and capabilities in neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
CRO Capabilities Expand to Suit Client Needs.
Litepanels, a producer of broadcast, photography and video lighting systems, is now shipping its Croma on-camera LED lighting fixture, capable of generating variable color temperature illumination.
They are all formidable musicians, capable of stretching out and challenging themselves.
Combination creates an insurance group with unmatched resources and capabilities ROSELAND, NJ (February3, 2012).
It's easy to play yet capable of great subtlety.
PARIS – Curtiss -Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) announced it has joined The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium.
Mitsubishi EDM's new MV wire machines feature noncontact cylindrical drive technology, an improved power supply, auto-threading and deeper submerged-wire threading capabilities.
Don't worry if you have to work all day, because she is capable of finding her own fun while you're not around.
HDT Robotics is bringing something new to the battlefield – robotic equipment that's both modular and capable of humanlike dexterity .
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In science:

Dans le premier cas, nous sommes capables d’obtenir une d´erivation rigoureuse math´ematiquement.
Time Reversal for Classical Waves in Random Media
We also tested our capability to model the polarization detection processes.
An efficient photoelectric X-ray Polarimeter for the study of Black Holes and Neutron Stars
One question naturally arises here - is magnetic buoyancy capable of quenching the growth of the dynamo within the framework of such models? We did some runs with infinite B0 (that is no α quenching) and with Bc = 105 G to test this.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
The analysis of about one hundred interacting photons reaches practically the computational capabilities of the standard mathematical software.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
The physics capability of the RICH counter has been investigated by simulations (Bu ´enerd, M. and Ren, Z. (2000)) .
A RICH prototype for the AMS experiment
Equipped with a RICH counter, the AMS experiment will have the unique capability of being able to achieve the measurements of all the useful distributions with the same detector over the broadest range ever covered.
A RICH prototype for the AMS experiment
There is a rather straightforward algorithm for the computation of the ideal IX , which can be implemented on any computer algebra system with modest capabilities.
On equations defining coincident root loci
The halting probability of any quantum device capable to solve the Halting Problem (for classical Turing machines) will be an α number (as introduced in ), a random, but not c.e. real; the “incompleteness” derived from such a number has not (yet) been studied.
Incompleteness, Complexity, Randomness and Beyond
They are, nonetheless, capable of detecting systems at the highest redshifts (z > 2).
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
The good directional capability on these events allows their separation, and they play an important role in the reconstruction of the direction of the supernova that in turn determines the extent to which earth matter effects may be important .
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
The present data model is capable of processing, say, numeric data if the application’s operational model supports it (i.e., it contains arithmetic and conversion operators).
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
To demonstrate the capabilities of timevar, we examine the Geminga pulsar.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
From experience, it is known that in order to be of practical use operator formalism must be capable of handling problems in a wider class of physical systems.
Generalized Matrix Mechanics
Our method, however, is capable of handling very small JAF and the regime with cBS being the Curie coefficient.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
From now on, we neglect the thermodynamics at T > JF (although it is capable of being calculated within our theory), since it is trivial and not the interest of this paper.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
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