What is capacity?

  • (noun): A specified function.
    Example: "He was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Capacity is the ability to hold a fluid, very similar to volume.

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Some articles on capacity:

York Park And Ride - Future Development
... scheme, extending from Poppleton Bar with a 1,250 space capacity ... Construction is set to begin in early 2013 in two phases, offering a 600 space capacity initially ... York council also has plans to extend the Askham Bar site to increase overall capacity as part of its £22 million 'Access York' scheme ...
Faisal Mosque - Capacity
... the world's third largest mosque), Faisal Mosque has the third largest capacity of accommodating worshipers in its adjoining grounds after the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque ...
Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit
... (often TEU or teu) is an inexact unit of cargo capacity often used to describe the capacity of container ships and container terminals ... One TEU represents the cargo capacity of a standard intermodal container, 20 feet (6.1 m) long and 8 feet (2.44 m) wide ...
Foundation (engineering) - Design
... are designed to have an adequate load capacity with limited settlement by a geotechnical engineer, and the footing itself may be designed structurally by a structural ... The primary design concerns are settlement and bearing capacity ... a foundation not be loaded beyond its bearing capacity or the foundation will "fail" ...
Flow Network - Example
... The flow and capacity is denoted ... Notice how the network upholds skew symmetry, capacity constraints and flow conservation ... Notice how there is positive residual capacity on some edges where the original capacity is zero, for example for the edge ...

More definitions of "capacity":

  • (noun): The power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior.
    Synonyms: mental ability
  • (noun): The amount that can be contained.
    Example: "The gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
    Synonyms: content
  • (noun): Ability to perform or produce.
  • (noun): (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive.
    Example: "The capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes"
  • (noun): The susceptibility of something to a particular treatment.
    Synonyms: capability
  • (noun): The maximum production possible.
    Example: "The plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
  • (noun): Tolerance for alcohol.
    Example: "He had drunk beyond his capacity"

Famous quotes containing the word capacity:

    For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)

    What distinguished man from animals was the human capacity for symbolic thought, the capacity which was inseparable from the development of language in which words were not mere signals, but signifiers of something other than themselves. Yet the first symbols were animals. What distinguished men from animals was born of their relationship with them.
    John Berger (b. 1926)

    I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911–1978)