noun, plural ca·pac·i·ties.
- maximum possible output.
Origin of capacity
Synonyms for capacity
Examples from the Web for capacities
Contemporary Examples of capacities
This view holds the Arab world to be stunted, reflecting a cynicism born from the dismissal of our cultures and capacities.Defeating the Arab Spring Syndrome of Self-Defeat
October 15, 2013
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
March 4, 2013
As for Hamas or Hizbullah, being given nuclear weapons would increase their capacities as well as their autonomy.Would It Be So Bad If Iran Got Nuclear Weapons?
February 23, 2012
Historical Examples of capacities
Doubtless his new ethereal form has its capacities and privileges.A Dish Of Orts
The form of union is but a symbol of the people's character, their desires, and capacities.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
The virtues and capacities of these my comrades will always haunt my imagination.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
Within the limit of their capacities they can do many things.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Well, first of all I thought I ought to show her the capacities of our house.The Economist
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
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.