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noun Ecology.
  1. the maximum, equilibrium number of organisms of a particular species that can be supported indefinitely in a given environment. Abbreviation: K
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Origin of carrying capacity

First recorded in 1880–85
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  • They were usually slow machines, speed being sacrificed in carrying-capacity.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond


British Dictionary definitions for carrying capacity

carrying capacity

noun
  1. ecology the maximum number of individuals that an area of land can support, usually determined by their food requirements
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carrying capacity in Science

carrying capacity

[kărē-ĭng]
  1. The maximum population of a particular organism that a given environment can support without detrimental effects.
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carrying capacity in Culture

carrying capacity

In ecology, the number of living things that can exist for long periods in a given area without damaging the environment.

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