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# capacitance

[kuh-pas-i-tuh ns]
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noun Electricity.
1. the ratio of an impressed charge on a conductor to the corresponding change in potential.
2. the ratio of the charge on either conductor of a capacitor to the potential difference between the conductors.
3. the property of being able to collect a charge of electricity. Symbol: C

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First recorded in 1905–10; capacit(y) + -ance
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## Examples from the Web for capacitance

### Historical Examples

• #### The capacitance of a condenser or a circuit depends on its size and form and the voltage of the current that is charging it.

A. Frederick Collins

• #### The variable condenser used in series with the aerial wire system has 26 plates and is equal to a capacitance of .0008 mfd.

A. Frederick Collins

• #### The condenser used in the secondary coil circuit has 14 plates and this is equal to a capacitance of .0004 mfd.

A. Frederick Collins

• #### In honeycomb and other stagger wound coils the capacitance is more evenly distributed.

A. Frederick Collins

• #### As the blades of the tuning forks vibrate, the capacitance is alternately increased and decreased by the required amount.

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British Dictionary definitions for capacitance

# capacitance

noun
1. the property of a system that enables it to store electric charge
2. a measure of this, equal to the charge that must be added to such a system to raise its electrical potential by one unit
Symbol: CFormer name: capacity

## Word Origin

C20: from capacit (y) + -ance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

## Word Origin and History forcapacitance

### n.

1893, from capacity + -ance.