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
Words nearby carrying capacity
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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
ecology the maximum number of individuals that an area of land can support, usually determined by their food requirements
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Scientific definitions for carrying capacity
[ kăr′ē-ĭng ]
The maximum population of a particular organism that a given environment can support without detrimental effects.
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Cultural definitions for 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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