What is capacity?

  • (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"
    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:

Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit
... 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
... Foundations 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 engineer ... The primary design concerns are settlement and bearing capacity ...
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 ...
York Park And Ride - Future Development
... extending from Poppleton Bar with a 1,250 space capacity ... 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 ...
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 maximum production possible.
    Example: "The plant is working at 80 per cent 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"
  • (noun): The susceptibility of something to a particular treatment.
    Synonyms: capability
  • (noun): Tolerance for alcohol.
    Example: "He had drunk beyond his capacity"
  • (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): The power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior.
    Synonyms: mental ability

Famous quotes containing the word capacity:

    Mankind’s common instinct for reality ... has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life’s supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand, no matter what a man’s frailties otherwise may be, if he be willing to risk death, and still more if he suffer it heroically, in the service he has chosen, the fact consecrates him forever.
    William James (1842–1910)

    The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    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)