from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. The maximum that can be produced on a machine or in a facility or group.
- adj. Filling the allotted space.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English capacite, from Old French, from Latin capācitās, from capāx, capāc-, spacious; see capacious.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from French capacité, from Latin capacitas, from capax ("able to hold much"), from capere ("to hold, contain"). (Wiktionary)