What is capacity?

  • (noun): (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive.
    Example: "The capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Capacity is the ability to hold a fluid, very similar to volume.

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Some articles on capacity:

Faisal Mosque - Capacity
... II Mosque in Casablanca (the world's third largest mosque), Faisal Mosque has the third largest capacity of accommodating worshipers in its adjoining grounds after the ...
Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit
... The twenty-foot equivalent unit (often TEU or teu) is an inexact unit of cargo capacity often used to describe the capacity of container ships and container terminals ... One TEU represents the cargo capacity of a standard intermodal container, 20 feet (6.1 m) long and 8 feet (2.44 m) wide ...
Flow Network - Example
... The flow and capacity is denoted ... Notice how the network upholds skew symmetry, capacity constraints and flow conservation ... Notice how there is positive residual capacity on some edges where the original capacity is zero, for example for the edge ...
York Park And Ride - Future Development
... for a new line of the Park and Ride scheme, extending from Poppleton Bar with a 1,250 space capacity ... Construction is set to begin in early 2013 in two phases, offering a 600 space capacity initially ... to extend the Askham Bar site to increase overall capacity as part of its £22 million 'Access York' scheme ...
Foundation (engineering) - Design
... Foundations are designed to have an adequate load capacity with limited settlement by a geotechnical engineer, and the footing itself may be designed structurally by a structural engineer ... design concerns are settlement and bearing capacity ... It is necessary that a foundation not be loaded beyond its bearing capacity or the foundation will "fail" ...

More definitions of "capacity":

  • (noun): The amount that can be contained.
    Example: "The gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
    Synonyms: content
  • (noun): The susceptibility of something to a particular treatment.
    Synonyms: capability
  • (noun): A specified function.
    Example: "He was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
  • (noun): The power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior.
    Synonyms: mental ability
  • (noun): Tolerance for alcohol.
    Example: "He had drunk beyond his capacity"
  • (noun): The maximum production possible.
    Example: "The plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
  • (noun): Ability to perform or produce.

Famous quotes containing the word capacity:

    If your child is going to develop a healthy personality with the capacity to remain intact and grow, she must learn how to test reality, regulate her impulses, stabilize her moods, integrate her feelings and actions, focus her concentration and plan.
    Stanley I. Greenspan (20th century)

    The legacies that parents and church and teachers left to my generation of Black children were priceless but not material: a living faith reflected in daily service, the discipline of hard work and stick-to-itiveness, and a capacity to struggle in the face of adversity.
    Marian Wright Edelman (20th century)

    The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)