capacity has definitions from the fields of economics,business,physics,electricity,computer science
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[ noun ] ability to perform or produce

Used in print

("Editorials"...)

If this capacity had not failed them , they would see that their enemy has made a disastrous miscalculation .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

Man was created with the capacity for immortality , but the devil 's promise of immortality in exchange for disobedience cost Adam his immortality .

Because he interprets the primitive state of man as one of mere potentiality or capacity and believes that Adam and Eve were created as children , Irenaeus often seems inclined to extenuate their disobedience as being `` due , no_doubt , to carelessness , but still wicked '' .

With this act of disobedience , and not with the inception of his individual existence , man began the downward circuit on the spiral of history , descending from the created capacity for immortality to an inescapable mortality .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

But these countries have made big strides toward developing the necessary human and social overhead capital ; they have established reasonably stable and effective governmental institutions at national and local levels ; and they have begun to develop a capacity to deal realistically and simultaneously with all the major sectors of their economies .

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[ noun ] the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment

Synonyms

capability

Examples

"the capability of a metal to be fused"

Used in print

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

Even here there is room for some variation , for metal surfaces vary in smoothness , absorptive capacity , and chemical reactivity .

(M. Yokoyama et al., "Chemical and serological...)

one of extremely low anionic binding capacity , one of low anionic binding capacity and one of high anionic binding capacity .

one of extremely low anionic binding capacity , one of low anionic binding capacity and one of high anionic binding capacity .

one of extremely low anionic binding capacity , one of low anionic binding capacity and one of high anionic binding capacity .

In 2 of 15 experiments on whole serum a region of agglutinin activity with intermediate anionic binding capacity was detected ( Region 3 , Fig. 1 ) .

Related terms

susceptibility activity

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[ noun ] the amount that can be contained

Synonyms

content

Examples

"the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

The engagement was_supposed_to be all set for the big theater in McCormick_Place , which Sol_Hurok , ballet booker extraordinary , considers the finest house of its kind in the country - and of_course he does n't weep at the capacity , either .

(Ross E. McKinney and Howard Edde, "Aerated...)

It appeared from the limited information available that the aerated lagoon might offer a satisfactory means of increasing the capacity of existing oxidation ponds as_well as providing the same degree of treatment in a smaller volume .

The organic loading on the unit averaged 32 lb of BOD / day or about 2 lb BOD / day 1000 cu_ft aeration capacity .

The added resistance to the rotor damaged the drive belts and reduced the oxygen transfer capacity .

Related terms

volume vital_capacity hold

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[ noun ] (economics,business) the maximum production possible

Examples

"the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"

Used in print

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

This may be helpful in improving the competitive position of established firms through diversification and expansion or through more economical utilization of plant capacity .

Related terms

production

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[ noun ] a specified function

Examples

"he was employed in the capacity of director" "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"

Used in print

(Doris Miles Disney, Mrs. Meeker's Money....)

Two millions were added to what had been set_aside for it in Mrs._Meeker 's lifetime , and the proviso made that as long as Brian_Thayer continued to discharge his duties as administrator of the fund to the satisfaction of the board_of_trustees ( hereinafter appointed by the bank administering the estate ) he was to be retained in his present capacity at a salary commensurate with the increased responsibilities enlargement of the fund would entail .

Related terms

function

6
[ noun ] tolerance for alcohol

Examples

"he had drunk beyond his capacity"

Related terms

tolerance

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[ noun ] (physics,electricity) an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored

Related terms

electrical_phenomenon

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[ noun ] (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive

Examples

"the capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes"

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[ noun ] the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior

Synonyms

mental_ability

Related terms

incapacity ability prescience

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