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Noun: capacity  ku'pa-si-tee
  1. Capability to perform or produce
    "among his gifts is his capacity for true altruism"; "limited runway capacity"; "a great capacity for growth"
  2. The susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
    "the capacity of a metal to be fused";
    - capability
  3. The amount that can be contained
    "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons";
    - content
  4. The maximum production possible
    "the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
  5. A specified function
    "he was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
  6. (computing) 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"
  7. An electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored
    - capacitance, electrical capacity
  8. The power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behaviour
    - mental ability
  9. Tolerance for alcohol
    "he had drunk beyond his capacity"

Derived forms: capacities

Type of: ability, capability, capableness, electrical phenomenon, function, indefinite quantity, office, part, power, production, role, susceptibility, susceptibleness, tolerance, volume

Antonym: incapacity

Encyclopedia: Capacity