# Capacitance definition

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The ratio of charge to potential on an electrically charged, isolated conductor.
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(elec.) That property of a capacitor which determines how much charge can be stored in it for a given potential difference between its terminals, equal to the ratio of the charge stored to the potential difference and measured in farads.
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A measure of the ability of a configuration of materials to store electric charge. In a capacitor , capacitance depends on the size of the plates, the type of insulator, and the amount of space between the plates. Most electrical components display capacitance to some degree; even the spaces between components of a circuit have a natural capacitance. Capacitance is measured in farads.
The property of a capacitor or other device to hold a charge. It is measured in Farads (F). See Farad.
The ratio of the electric charge transferred from one to the other of a pair of conductors to the resulting potential difference between them.
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The property of a circuit element that permits it to store charge.
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The part of the circuit exhibiting capacitance.
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Capacitance, or capacity, is the property of a device or material medium to store an electrostatic charge. A capacitor is a device specifically designed to do so. See also capacitor.
(physics, uncountable) The property of an electric circuit or its element that permits it to store charge, defined as the ratio of stored charge to potential over that element or circuit (Q/V); SI unit: farad (F).
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(physics, countable) An element of an electrical circuit exhibiting capacitance.
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Singular:
capacitance
Plural:
capacitances

## Origin of capacitance

• capacit(y) –ance