Definition of Capacity

1. Noun. Capability to perform or produce. "A great capacity for growth"

Generic synonyms: Capability, Capableness
Derivative terms: Capacitate, Capacitate
Antonyms: Incapacity

2. Noun. The susceptibility of something to a particular treatment. "The capability of a metal to be fused"
Exact synonyms: Capability
Specialized synonyms: Resistance, Activity
Generic synonyms: Susceptibility, Susceptibleness
Derivative terms: Capable

3. Noun. The amount that can be contained. "The gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
Exact synonyms: Content
Generic synonyms: Volume
Specialized synonyms: Vital Capacity
Derivative terms: Capacious, Contain

4. Noun. The maximum production possible. "The plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
Generic synonyms: Production

5. Noun. A specified function. "He should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
Generic synonyms: Function, Office, Part, Role

6. Noun. (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"
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Indefinite Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Formatted Capacity, Unformatted Capacity
Derivative terms: Capacious

7. Noun. An electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored.
Exact synonyms: Capacitance, Electrical Capacity
Generic synonyms: Electrical Phenomenon

8. Noun. The power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior.
Exact synonyms: Mental Ability
Generic synonyms: Ability, Power
Specialized synonyms: Prescience, Prevision
Antonyms: Incapacity

9. Noun. Tolerance for alcohol. "He had drunk beyond his capacity"
Generic synonyms: Tolerance

Definition of Capacity

1. n. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; -- used in reference to physical things.

Definition of Capacity

1. Noun. The ability to hold, receive or absorb ¹

2. Noun. A measure of such ability; volume ¹

3. Noun. The maximum amount that can be held ¹

4. Noun. Capability; the ability to perform some task ¹

5. Noun. The maximum that can be produced. ¹

6. Noun. Mental ability; the power to learn ¹

7. Noun. A faculty; the potential for growth and development ¹

8. Noun. A role; the position in which one functions ¹

9. Noun. Legal authority (to make an arrest for example) ¹

10. Noun. Electrical capacitance. ¹

11. Noun. (context: operations) The maximum that can be produced on a machine or in a facility or group. ¹

12. Adjective. Filling the allotted space. ¹

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Definition of Capacity

1. the ability to receive or contain [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Capacity

1. Power or ability to hold, retain or contain or the ability to absorb. Origin: L. Capacitas, from capere = to take This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Capacity

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capacity (current term)
capacity factor
capacity measure
capacity unit
capacity utilization
capacity utilization rate

Literary usage of Capacity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1892)
"There are no transparent media for which the magnetic capacity differs from that of air more than by a very small fraction. Hence the principal part of the ..."

2. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1878)
"He further finds that the product of the electrostatic capacity and the magnetic permeability of a transparent substance is equal to the square of the ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1881)
"These experiments have for object the determination of the refractive indices and the specific inductive capacity of certain liquids, and a comparison of ..."

4. OECD Economic Surveys by OECD Staff (2004)
"Finally, the law stipulates that no legal entity, or group of related entities, may own in excess of 35 per cent of the total installed generation capacity ..."

5. Principles of Contract: Being a Treatise on the General Principles by Frederick Pollock, Franklin Strawn Dickson (1888)
"capacity OF PARTIES. ALL statements about legal capacities and duties are taken, unless the contrary be expressed, to be marie •with reference to " lawful ..."

6. Transactions by European Orthodontic Society, Lina Oswald, Northern Ohio Dental Society, Ossory Archaeological Society, Wentworth Historical Society, Society of Automobile Engineers (1900)
"CARL HERING :—1 would like to ask Dr. Pu pin whether the result obtained by such a measurement of a capacity would he likely to be different from that ..."

7. Experimental Electrical Engineering and Manual for Electrical Testing for by Vladimir Karapetoff (1911)
"ELECTROSTATIC capacity. 426. Physical Conception of Electrostatic capacity. — Let two metallic plates C (Fig. 329) be brought into proximity to each other ..."

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