noun, plural ca·pac·i·ties.
- maximum possible output.
Origin of capacity
Examples from the Web for capacities
D.P.: Therapy is supposed to be about helping the person develop themselves and their own capacities.‘LA Shrinks’ Therapist on What Shrinks Really Think|Rachel Krantz|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As for Hamas or Hizbullah, being given nuclear weapons would increase their capacities as well as their autonomy.
On this account he overcame his slight feeling against Mr. Dare, and put a question to test that gentleman's capacities.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy
Does it tend to help man towards the maximum development of all his faculties and capacities?Parallel Paths|Thomas William Rolleston
I had no need to excuse Armelline, for the princess and the cardinal had gauged her capacities.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
In addition to fixing the capacities of these standard baskets of this type, the law also prescribes their dimensions.
Our capacities, our instincts for this our present sphere are but half developed.Summer on the Lakes, in 1843|S.M. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for capacities
noun plural -ties
- the maximum amount something can contain or absorb (esp in the phrase filled to capacity)
- (as modifier)a capacity crowd
- the number of words or characters that can be stored in a particular storage device
- the range of numbers that can be processed in a register
Word Origin for capacity
Word Origin and History for capacities
early 15c., from Middle French capacité "ability to hold" (15c.), from Latin capacitatem (nominative capacitas) "breadth, capacity, capability of holding much," noun of state from capax (genitive capacis) "able to hold much," from capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "largest audience a place can hold" is 1908.