• 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
A fixed condenser so arranged that its capacity can be changed if desired.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Nor was his capacity stunted thereby, nor his strong manhood.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Factors Upon Which the Capacity of a Battery Depend.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Albaugh's Opera House was crowded to its capacity at all of the sixteen sessions.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Mrs. Kent served in some official capacity from 1898 until her death in 1918.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
We have, then, this enthusiasm, this capacity for at once discerning what was best.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
It is most difficult; in fact, the full meaning and extent of it is beyond the capacity of such as are not perfectly developed.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
The most he can do for himself is to understand and organize his inborn capacities.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Their combined capacity is three times that of some 2,000 smaller dams.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
In 1795, went to the United States in the capacity of plenipotentiary.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various

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
The positive field values hi correspond flow capacities cit connected to the sink (t) from a spin Si , similarly the negative fields with cis are connected to the source (s), and the coupling constants Jij ≡ 2cij between the spins correspond flow capacities cij ≡ cj i from a site Si to its neighboring one Sj .
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
By considering the proteins as soft materials, the thermodynamical relation between the heat capacity at effective electric field △CE and the heat capacity at constant total dipole moment △CM has been put forward.
Investigation of the Heat Capacities of Proteins by Statistical Mechanical Methods
Eq.(6) reveals the thermodynamical relation between the heat capacity at effective electric field △CE and the heat capacity at constant total dipole moment △CM .
Investigation of the Heat Capacities of Proteins by Statistical Mechanical Methods
The idea of the proof is that if the initial segment has a large capacity, then because the tail is short, it probably misses enough of the initial segment that the capacity remains high.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Conversely, if the initial segment has low capacity, then the tail will probably survive and is long enough to be of high capacity itself.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
The concept of convergence in capacity was introduced in [X ], where it was proved that for any uniformly bounded sequence ϕj of plurisubharmonic functions that converges in Cn -capacity we have that (ddcϕj )n converges weak∗ to (ddcϕ)n , j → +∞.
Convergence in capacity
In this subsection, we estimate the capacity of a loop-erased random walk segment, and show that the capacity is highly concentrated around its mean.
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
In the paper we assign to each node a deterministic capacity and the probability that there exists an edge between a pair of nodes is equal to a function of the product of the capacities of the pair divided by the total capacity of all the nodes.
Universality for the distance in finite variance random graphs: Extended version
We call λi the capacity of node i; nodes with a large capacity will obtain a high degree, whereas nodes with small capacity will only be incident to a limited number of edges.
Universality for the distance in finite variance random graphs: Extended version
It should be noted that in this paper we define the PRG using a deterministic sequence of capacities, while Norros and Reittu start with an i.i.d. sequence of random capacities.
Universality for the distance in finite variance random graphs: Extended version