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  • n. The quality of being capacious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being capacious, as of a vessel, a reservoir a bay, the mind, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being capacious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. intellectual breadth
  • n. spatial largeness and extensiveness (especially inside a building)


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  • When I recall the capaciousness of his understanding, the breadth of his experience, the range of his information, and set them side by side with the cruel limitations imposed upon him by his blindness and by his shattered constitution, I forget the severity of his discipline, I marvel only that his self-control should have served him so well in the tedious business of breaking a new man to his service.

    An Adventure With A Genius

  • But the album for which she is being rightly acclaimed, 50 Words for Snow, as well as cleverly weaving together some hauntingly beautiful melodies with a characteristically surrealist narrative, also perpetuates a widely held myth about the semantic capaciousness of the Inuit language.

    In praise of … Kate Bush | Editorial

  • My first fine-dining experiences involved large napkins, a kind of capaciousness matched by great globes of glass for the wines and large plates or bowls for the food, whether a basic pasta in an Italian beach town or some architectural triumph in a two-star establishment outside of Paris, working on its third star.

    The Great Shrink

  • For Dawkins, all the same, agnosticism's embrace of a similar unknown points not to its stringency or capaciousness, but to its "poverty."

    Christopher Lane: Two Ways Of Thinking About Agnosticism: Hitchens vs. Dawkins

  • And there's a capaciousness that makes the book richly attractive to wander into.

    Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

  • Maxwell is not interested in narrowing down the genre's capaciousness.

    The Historical Novel in Europe, 1650-1950

  • If the New Deal came to represent a watershed in American history, it was in part due to the capaciousness of its imagination, its experimental elasticity, and its willingness to venture beyond the orthodox.

    Steve Fraser: Beyond the Bailout State

  • Her young adult novels differ from her grownup fiction only in pacing and capaciousness.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • It is here that the question of Dr. Johnson's niceness cedes to larger questions about his humanity and his spiritual capaciousness.

    The Powers of Dr. Johnson

  • Wolfe, whose novels have Dickensian energy and capaciousness, is less angry at than darkly amused by modern America.

    Tom Wolfe's Rooftop Yawp


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