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Definitions of capacity

  1. the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment; " the capability of a metal to be fused"
  2. an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored
  3. the maximum production possible; " the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
  4. a specified function; " he was employed in the capacity of director"; " he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
  5. tolerance for alcohol; " he had drunk beyond his capacity"
  6. ability to perform or produce
  7. the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
  8. ( 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"
  9. the amount that can be contained; " the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
  10. The power of receiving and holding ideas, knowledge, etc.; the comprehensiveness of the mind; the receptive faculty; capability of undestanding or feeling.
  11. Ability; power pertaining to, or resulting from, the possession of strength, wealth, or talent; possibility of being or of doing.
  12. Outward condition or circumstances; occupation; profession; character; position; as, to work in the capacity of a mason or a carpenter.
  13. Legal or noral qualification, as of age, residence, character, etc., necessary for certain purposes, as for holding office, for marrying, for making contracts, will, etc.; legal power or right; competency.
  14. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; - used in reference to physical things.
  15. The power of receiving or containing; the power of containing a certain quantity exactly; the amount that can be contained; mental ability; profession; position.
  16. Power of holding or grasping a thing: room: power of mind: character.
  17. Power of holding; mental power; character; position.
  18. Ability to receive, contain, understand, etc.; cubic extent; ability; talent; character or office; also, legal qualification.
  19. The power of containing or holding; room; capability; ability; character; legal qualification.
  20. The power of containing; extent of room or space; the power of receiving instruction; ability; profession or occupation.

Usage examples for capacity

  1. She was tired, and the shock of Gail's words had taken all the capacity for action out of her. – The Wishing-Ring Man by Margaret Widdemer
  2. The more business capacity you have, the more likely you are to succeed. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  3. Her whole capacity rarely rose beyond the effort to distinguish a ball- dress from a dinner- dress. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  4. He wondered if they hated him in his capacity of Better Classes. – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  5. In this case time would be of importance, and the capacity of making the most of it would be a precious capacity at starting. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  6. The officers all swear by Vinoy, and hold the military capacity both of Trochu and Ducrot very cheap. – Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris by Henry Labouchère
  7. The fact was, he said, that my capacity for sympathy was really exhausted. – Joyous Gard by Arthur Christopher Benson
  8. You and your kind have not the capacity for loving. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  9. He was forty- one years old, and he was sleepy, whatever capacity for suffering remained to him. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  10. Her capacity to handle English- after so short a residence in America- shows that she possesses also the instrument of expression. – From Plotzk to Boston by Mary Antin Commentator: Israel Zangwill
  11. In short, cattle assumed the functions of money and served in this capacity as early as that stage. – The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State by Frederick Engels
  12. Tell them-" " Sorry, Judge, I should like to act in this capacity. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  13. He had not known that he had any capacity for terror. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  14. The President in his military capacity might properly permit the people to form local governments, execute local laws not inconsistent with national laws, and even withdraw military forces altogether if he deemed it safe. – The Struggle between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction by Charles Ernest Chadsey
  15. It is about twelve feet in length and has a capacity of about eighteen gallons. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  16. But if there is anything further you would wish to speak to me about, you can do so afterward in your private capacity as a free man at two o'clock in my own office." – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  17. The first is your capacity, and the other is your duty. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  18. But does it ever occur to us to maintain that, in general, the possession of a character and the capacity of being influenced by considerations make it impossible for a man to be free? – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  19. These evidently had still their capacity for repentance. – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  20. On this occasion he had been obliged to bring her, as she was one of the lady- patronesses of the asylum, and he himself was coming to lunch with the Duvillards in his capacity as general manager. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
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