carrying capacity

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noun Ecology.

the maximum, equilibrium number of organisms of a particular species that can be supported indefinitely in a given environment. Abbreviation: K

Nearby words

  1. carry-over,
  2. carryall,
  3. carryback,
  4. carrycot,
  5. carryforward,
  6. carrying charge,
  7. carrying place,
  8. carrying-on,
  9. carryover,
  10. carrère

Origin of carrying capacity

First recorded in 1880–85

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Examples from the Web for carrying capacity

  • 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

ecology the maximum number of individuals that an area of land can support, usually determined by their food requirements
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Science definitions for carrying capacity

carrying capacity

[ kărē-ĭng ]

The maximum population of a particular organism that a given environment can support without detrimental effects.
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Culture definitions for carrying capacity

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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