• WordNet 3.6
    • n capacity a specified function "he was employed in the capacity of director","he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
    • n capacity the maximum production possible "the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
    • n capacity tolerance for alcohol "he had drunk beyond his capacity"
    • n capacity capability to perform or produce "among his gifts is his capacity for true altruism","limited runway capacity","a great capacity for growth"
    • n capacity the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
    • n capacity an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored
    • n capacity (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"
    • n capacity the amount that can be contained "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
    • n capacity the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment "the capability of a metal to be fused"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year, an igloo hotel is built in Sweden that has the capacity to sleep 100 people
    • Capacity 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.""A cause with such capacities endued."
    • Capacity (Law) Legal or moral qualification, as of age, residence, character, etc., necessary for certain purposes, as for holding office, for marrying, for making contracts, wills, etc.; legal power or right; competency.
    • Capacity Outward condition or circumstances; occupation; profession; character; position; as, to work in the capacity of a mason or a carpenter.
    • Capacity The power of receiving and holding ideas, knowledge, etc.; the comprehensiveness of the mind; the receptive faculty; capability of understanding 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, favors this; although it can not be denied that there are examples of its usage in an active sense."
    • Capacity The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; -- used in reference to physical things. "Had our great palace the capacity To camp this host, we all would sup together.""The capacity of the exhausted cylinder."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average capacity of a pelican's pouch is 12 quarts.
    • n capacity The power of receiving or containing; specifically, the power of containing a certain quantity exactly; cubic contents.
    • n capacity Receptivity; susceptibility to being passively affected in any way; power of receiving impressions, or of being acted upon.
    • n capacity Active power; ability: as, mental capacity; the capacity of a substance to resist pressure.
    • n capacity Ability in a moral or legal sense; legal qualification; legal power or right: as, a man or a corporation may have a capacity to give or receive and hold estate; A was present at the meeting in his capacity of director (that is, in virtue of his legal qualification as a director).
    • n capacity Hence Character; profession; occupation; function.
    • n capacity A license; authorization.
    • n capacity Synonyms Dimensions.
    • n capacity Aptitude, Faculty (see genius), turn, forte, aptness; Ability, Capacity (see ability).
    • n capacity Office, sphere, post, function.
    • n capacity The ability of a stream to transport land-waste, measured by the quantity carried past a given point in a given time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A chip of silicon a quarter-inch square has the capacity of the original 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.
    • n Capacity kap-as′i-ti power of holding or grasping a thing: room: volume: power of mind: character: position enabling one to do something
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  • Aldous Huxley
    “Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
  • Baron Wessenberg
    Baron Wessenberg
    “Nothing in the world is more haughty than a man of moderate capacity when once raised to power.”
  • Pablo Casals
    Pablo Casals
    “I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”
  • John Haggai
    John Haggai
    “Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “As is our confidence, so is our capacity.”
  • James V. Forrestal
    James V. Forrestal
    “Courage is the capacity to conduct oneself with restraint in times of prosperity and with courage and tenacity when things do not go well.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. capacitus, fr. capax, capacis,; fr. F. capacité,. See Capacious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. capacitas,—capĕre, to take, hold.


In literature:

In other cases, circumstances exist which affect the banker with notice of that capacity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The filter has a capacity of 4,000,000 gal.
"Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXXII, June, 1911" by E. D. Hardy
Its capacity of finished steel per annum was 180,000 net tons of steel rails and 20,000 net tons of steel in other shapes.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The metal smelting capacity of the world in terms of yearly production of crude metal is estimated at nearly 100,000,000 short tons.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
He has a brain-capacity entitling him to rank as a man and an Englishman.
"Progress and History" by Various
He had administered government and war with more than the capacity of Richelieu.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The children of human parents are like them in their capacities.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
Three terms, reflexes, instincts, and inborn capacities, divide the work of naming these unlearned tendencies.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The disk machine is made with one, two, three, or four vertical iron disks, according to the capacity desired.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
I heard very, very few military men in America consider Scott a man of transcendent military capacity.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski

In poetry:

Few, few there be who lack the power
To shape their own destiny,
If each will improve th' passing hour
To its full capacity.
"The Requirements Of The Hour" by Jared Barhite
Mr Green was the chairman for the night,
And in that capacity he acted right;
He made a splendid address on my behalf,
Without introducing any slang or chaff.
"Lines in Memoriam Regarding the Entertainment in Reform Street Hall, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
A connoisseur, he holds his book
And picks his pieces daintily,--
A prince with patronizing look,
As though such feast must surely be Beyond our minds' capacity.
"Poetry Recitalist " by Benjamin Musser
Instead, I might prove useful for
A weapon in the hand of Crime,
A paperweight, a milestone, or
A missile at Election time;
In each capacity I could
Do quite incalculable good.
"A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" by Harry Graham
John T. has perspicacity;
He has a vast capacity
For measuring his moron passing well.
Tho' men of seniority,
When they're in a majority
They'll send him into office for a spell.
"'John T'" by C J Dennis
In whatever capacity they place me I shall strive
to be useful to the country. This is my intent.
Then again, if they thwart me with their methods —
we know those able people: need we talk about it now?
if they thwart me, I am not to blame.
"They Should Have Provided" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

New 1501 articulated site dumper has 3,307 pounds payload capacity and 1.05-cubic-yard bucket capacity.
GoGrid Private Cloud Uses Public Cloud Resources to Dynamically Expand Capacity.
It was Easter Sunday , which for many meant bellies full of chocolate, and churches everywhere full to capacity as people came together to celebrate this Christian holiday.
Also, Edict 's facility adds significant operational capacity and provides business continuity protection for our Spring Valley, N.Y. fac...
I think that nearly everyone has the capacity to ejaculate .
Seating capacities vary from six to 41 passengers and all vehicles can be adapted to meet ADA requirements.
Has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to identify market sources for peaking, intermediate and baseload capacity and associated energy.
Capacities up to 40,000 bushels/hour Bearing, sprocket and shaft can be.
Scrambling to stay afloat as it continues Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Encompass Services Corp. Has secured debtor-in-possession financing and additional bonding capacity to use during its reorganization process.
This modernized basketless rotary-hearth furnace is based on similar design characteristics as its predecessor but integrates multiple carousel levels as a means of increasing the system capacity.
She was promoted to Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity program manager and most recently to senior epidemiologist in 2005.
Various lift capacities and operational speeds are available within each model.
Top, a bank of programmable combi-ovens do double duty at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, supplying fresh baked goods and also bulk capacity for both patient and retail production.
With over 25 island restaurants showcasing their specialties, the 21st annual Taste of Marco, Sunday at the Esplanade , drew a capacity crowd, with proceeds going to benefit the Marco Y Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News.
Antioxidant Capacity and Functionality

In science:

Since the pressure of the newborn over the capacity of the environment can be neglected in the presence of that of the individuals with age > 0, we chose to pick the minimum value of the population at each time step as the real one.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
The primary librational effectons of such a type may correspond to rotons introduced by Landau to explain the high heat capacity of He II.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
This method is still proving to be powerful (Gustafson 1999) as the needs still outstrip the capacities of computers.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Storage capacity, bit and sequence generation, prediction error, antipredictable sequences, interacting perceptrons and the application on the minority game are discussed.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
However, although many experts in this field looked into this problem, neither the capacity problem nor the prediction problem could be solved analytically up to now, even for the simple perceptron.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics