capacity[kə pas′i tē]
- The definition of capacity is the ability of someone or something to hold something.
- An example of capacity is how many people can fit in a room.
- An example of capacity is the amount of water a cup can hold.
This theatre is filled to capacity.
- the ability to contain, absorb, or receive and hold
- the amount of space that can be filled; room for holding; content or volume: a tank with a capacity of 21 gallons
- the point at which no more can be contained: filled to capacity
- the power of receiving and holding knowledge, impressions, etc.; mental ability
- the ability or qualifications (for, or to do, something); aptitude
- maximum output or producing ability: operating at capacity
- the quality of being adapted (for something) or susceptible (of something); capability; potentiality
- a condition of being qualified or authorized; position, function, status, etc.: acting in the capacity of an advisor
- Elec. capacitance
- Law legal authority or competence
Origin of capacityMiddle English and amp; Old French capacite ; from Classical Latin capacitas ; from capax: see capacious
- a. The ability to receive, hold, or absorb something: the storage capacity of a car's trunk.b. The maximum amount that can be contained: a bin filled to capacity.
- The power to learn or retain knowledge; mental ability.
- a. The ability to do, make, or accomplish something; capability: a comedian's capacity for making people laugh.b. The maximum or optimum amount that can be produced: factories operating below capacity.
- The quality of being suitable for or receptive to specified treatment: the capacity of elastic to be stretched.
- The position in which one functions; role: in your capacity as sales manager.
- Legal qualification or authority: the capacity to make an arrest.
- Electricity Capacitance.
Filling a space with the most it can hold: a capacity crowd at the concert.
Origin of capacityMiddle English capacite, from Old French, from Latin capācitās, from capāx, capāc-, spacious; see capacious.
- The ability to hold, receive or absorb
- A measure of such ability; volume
- The maximum amount that can be held
- It was hauling a capacity load.
- The orchestra played to a capacity crowd.
- Capability; the ability to perform some task
- The maximum that can be produced.
- Mental ability; the power to learn
- A faculty; the potential for growth and development
- A role; the position in which one functions
- Legal authority (to make an arrest for example)
- Electrical capacitance.
- (operations) The maximum that can be produced on a machine or in a facility or group.
- Its capacity rating was 150 tons per hour, but its actual maximum capacity was 200 tons per hour.
- Filling the allotted space.
- There will be a capacity crowd at Busch stadium for the sixth game.
capacity - Computer Definition
capacity - Legal Definition
- The function, office, position, or role in which one acts.
- A legal qualification, such as age, that determines one’s ability to do something that has legal consequences (such as making a contract or getting married). Also called legal capacity.
- The mental ability to perceive, understand, and appreciate all relevant facts, to make a rational decision based thereon, and to understand the nature and effect of one’s actions. See also sane.
The mental ability required to sufficiently distinguish right from wrong to hold a person liable for his criminal acts. See also insanity and infancy.diminished capacity
Reduced mental ability caused by such factors as alcohol or drug use, disease, mental retardation, or injury, that prevents a person from sufficiently distinguishing right from wrong to hold them liable for his criminal acts. See also insanity.testamentary capacity
. The mental ability a person must have at the time he signs a testamentary document, such as a will, for the instrument to be valid. Although it varies from state to state, it usually requires the person to understand who are the natural objects of his bounty, the nature and extent of his property, and the consequences of executing the document. See also mind.