the ability to receive or contain:
This hotel has a large capacity.
the maximum amount or number that can be received or contained; cubic contents; volume:
The inn is filled to capacity. The gasoline tank has a capacity of 20 gallons.
power of receiving impressions, knowledge, etc.; mental ability:
the capacity to learn calculus.
actual or potential ability to perform, yield, or withstand:
He has a capacity for hard work. The capacity of the oil well was 150 barrels a day. She has the capacity to go two days without sleep.
quality or state of being susceptible to a given treatment or action:
Steel has a high capacity to withstand pressure.
position; function; role:
He served in the capacity of legal adviser.
maximum possible output.
reaching maximum capacity:
a capacity audience; a capacity crowd.
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noun (pl) -ties
the ability or power to contain, absorb, or hold
the amount that can be contained; volume: a capacity of six gallons
the maximum amount something can contain or absorb (esp in the phrase filled to capacity)
(as modifier): a capacity crowd
the ability to understand or learn; aptitude; capability: he has a great capacity for Greek
the ability to do or produce (often in the phrase at capacity): the factory’s output was not at capacity
a specified position or function: he was employed in the capacity of manager
a measure of the electrical output of a piece of apparatus such as a motor, generator, or accumulator
(electronics) a former name for capacitance
the number of words or characters that can be stored in a particular storage device
the range of numbers that can be processed in a register
the bit rate that a communication channel or other system can carry
legal competence: the capacity to make a will
one of the Seven against Thebes, who was destroyed by Zeus for blasphemy. Historical Examples Animaduersions uppon the annotacions and corrections of some imperfections of impressiones of Chaucer’s workes Francis Thynne Homer and His Age Andrew Lang The Iliad of Homer (1873) Homer The Iliad of Homer Homer The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. Euripides […]
a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings. rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment. to cover with a caparison. to dress richly; deck. Historical Examples Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe John […]
a foreman or supervisor. Historical Examples Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard Joseph Conrad Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard Joseph Conrad The Bee Hunters Gustave Aimard Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard Joseph Conrad The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard Joseph Conrad Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard Joseph Conrad […]