Meaning of CAPACITY in English


■ noun ( plural capacities )

1》 the maximum amount that something can contain or produce.

↘[as modifier ] fully occupying the available space: a ~ crowd.

↘the total cylinder volume that is swept by the pistons in an internal-combustion engine.

2》 the ability or power to do something.

↘a person's legal competence.

3》 a specified role or position.

4》 dated electrical capacitance.


capacitive (also capacitative ) adjective ( chiefly Physics ).


ME: from Fr. capacité , from L. capacitas , from capax , capac- 'that can contain', from capere 'take or hold'.

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