capacity


capacity
ca|pac|i|ty [ kə`pæsəti ] noun count or uncount ***
1. ) the amount of something that can be put in a container or the number of people that a place has room for:
capacity of: The fuel tanks have a capacity of 25,000 gallons.
a concert hall with a seating capacity of 800
filled/full to capacity (=completely full): All the country's prisons are full to capacity.
a capacity crowd/audience (=a very large crowd/audience that completely fills a place): The game is set to attract a capacity crowd of 42,000.
a ) the amount of information that can be stored on a computer disk
2. ) the ability to do something:
Her poor health limits her earning capacity.
capacity to do something: They are worried about their capacity to invest for the future.
capacity for: Harry had a tremendous capacity for work.
3. ) the amount of goods that a company can produce or the amount of work it can do:
New machinery could increase our production capacity by 25 percent.
The plant has a capacity of 120,000 tons a year.
The present rail network has plenty of spare capacity.
at full capacity (=producing as many goods as possible, or doing as much work as possible): The factory is now operating at full capacity.
a ) the amount of energy or power that something can produce
in a professional/personal/advisory etc. capacity FORMAL
having a particular job or position when you do something:
I am here in a personal capacity, not on behalf of the company.
in your capacity as: Elizabeth Taylor was there in her capacity as patron of the charity.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Capacity — is the ability to hold, receive or absorb, or a measure thereof, similar to the concept of volume.Capacity may also refer to: *Capacity (economics), the point of production at which a firm or industry s average (or per unit ) costs begin to rise …   Wikipedia

  • Capacity — Ca*pac i*ty (k[.a]*p[a^]s [i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Capacities} ( t[i^]z). [L. capacitus, fr. capax, capacis; fr. F. capacit[ e]. See {Capacious}.] 1. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; used in reference to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capacity — [kə pas′i tē] n. pl. capacities [ME & OFr capacite < L capacitas < capax: see CAPACIOUS] 1. the ability to contain, absorb, or receive and hold 2. a) the amount of space that can be filled; room for holding; content or volume [a tank with a …   English World dictionary

  • capacity — ► NOUN (pl. capacities) 1) the maximum amount that something can contain or produce. 2) (before another noun ) fully occupying the available space: a capacity crowd. 3) the total cylinder volume that is swept by the pistons in an internal… …   English terms dictionary

  • capacity — early 15c., from M.Fr. capacité (15c.), from L. capacitatem (nom. capacitas) breadth, capacity, from capax (gen. capacis) able to hold much, from capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Meaning largest audience a place can hold is 1908. Verb… …   Etymology dictionary

  • capacity — [n1] volume; limit of volume held accommodation, amplitude, bulk, burden, compass, contents, dimensions, expanse, extent, full, holding ability, holding power, latitude, magnitude, mass, measure, proportions, quantity, range, reach, retention,… …   New thesaurus

  • Capacity —   [engl.], Kapazität …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • capacity — n. ability to hold 1) to capacity (filled to capacity) 2) lung; seating; storage capacity 3) a capacity of (a capacity of twenty gallons) ability 4) intellectual, mental capacity 5) one s earning capacity 6) a capacity for (a capacity for making… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • capacity — A lending and credit analysis term that describes a borrower s or applicant s ability to meet debt service obligations. See debt service coverage. American Banker Glossary credit grantor s measurement of a person s ability to repay loans.… …   Financial and business terms


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