American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The ability to receive, hold, or absorb.
- n. A measure of this ability; volume.
- n. The maximum amount that can be contained: a trunk filled to capacity.
- n. Ability to perform or produce; capability.
- n. The maximum or optimum amount that can be produced: factories operating below capacity.
- n. The power to learn or retain knowledge; mental ability.
- n. Innate potential for growth, development, or accomplishment; faculty. See Synonyms at ability.
- n. The quality of being suitable for or receptive to specified treatment: the capacity of elastic to be stretched.
- n. The position in which one functions; role: in your capacity as sales manager.
- n. Legal qualification or authority: the capacity to make an arrest.
- n. Electricity Capacitance.
- adj. Filling a space with the most it can hold: a capacity crowd at the concert.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The power of receiving or containing; specifically, the power of containing a certain quantity exactly; cubic contents.
- n. Receptivity; susceptibility to being passively affected in any way; power of receiving impressions, or of being acted upon.
- n. Active power; ability: as, mental capacity; the capacity of a substance to resist pressure.
- n. 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. Hence Character; profession; occupation; function.
- n. A license; authorization.
- n. Synonyms Dimensions.
- n. Aptitude, Faculty (see genius), turn, forte, aptness; Ability, Capacity (see ability).
- n. Office, sphere, post, function.
- n. The ability of a stream to transport land-waste, measured by the quantity carried past a given point in a given time.
- n. The ability to hold, receive or absorb
- n. A measure of such ability; volume
- n. The maximum amount that can be held
- n. Capability; the ability to perform some task
- n. The maximum that can be produced.
- n. Mental ability; the power to learn
- n. A faculty; the potential for growth and development
- n. A role; the position in which one functions
- n. Legal authority (to make an arrest for example)
- n. Electrical capacitance.
- n. operations The maximum that can be produced on a machine or in a facility or group.
- adj. Filling the allotted space.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; -- used in reference to physical things.
- n. The power of receiving and holding ideas, knowledge, etc.; the comprehensiveness of the mind; the receptive faculty; capability of understanding or feeling.
- n. Ability; power pertaining to, or resulting from, the possession of strength, wealth, or talent; possibility of being or of doing.
- n. Outward condition or circumstances; occupation; profession; character; position.
- n. (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.
- n. the maximum production possible
- n. the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
- n. the amount that can be contained
- n. tolerance for alcohol
- n. a specified function
- n. (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive
- n. the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
- n. capability to perform or produce
- n. an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored
- From Middle English, from French capacité, from Latin capacitas, from capax ("able to hold much"), from capere ("to hold, contain"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English capacite, from Old French, from Latin capācitās, from capāx, capāc-, spacious; see capacious. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“All those things are time-binding phenomena produced by the time-binding capacity of man; but man has _not_ known that _this capacity_ was his”
“I have not, perhaps, in the course of the lecture, insisted enough on the nature of relative capacity and individual character, as the roots of all real _value_ in Art. We are too much in the habit, in these days, of acting as if Art.worth a price in the market were a commodity which people could be generally taught to produce, and as if the _education_ of the artist, not his _capacity_, gave the sterling value to his work.”
“Yet notwithstanding these circumstances, so favourable to the exclusion of error, the result is a higher specific inductive capacity for sulphur than for any other body as yet tried; and though this may in part be clue to the sulphur being in a better shape, i.e. filling up more completely the space _o, o_, (fig. 104.) than the cups of shell-lac and glass, still I feel satisfied that the experiments altogether fully prove the existence of a difference between dielectrics as to their power of favouring an inductive action through them; which difference may, for the present, be expressed by the term _specific inductive capacity_.”
“That leap in capacity is due to the different wavelengths of light carrying the data.”
“This capacity is a priority for survival in this Revolution and for whatever is coming next.”
“But he sees only a slight risk from what he calls "capacity exuberance" in the current upswing.”
“IHSS will do an assessment to see what your capacity is and what you need help with and how many hours per week you require assistance, then they come up with a formula and they will pay for part or all of that care.”
“On our part as the Organisation, we would like to make a significant step forward on what we call capacity development to create additional knowledge, additional layers of people who are very skilled in verification monitoring, who understand the issues behind those technologies and who can help to carry out [inaudible].”
“They have a long way to go, but America is committed to what we call capacity building.”
“Since neither pleasure nor pain can be experienced without consciousness; and since consciousness finds its substratum not in the body but in the soul; we are driven to the conclusion that what we call the capacity of the body for pleasure and pain is really the capacity of the soul for pleasure and pain.”
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