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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Capacity \Ca*pac"i*ty\ (k[.a]*p[a^]s"[i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl.
Capacities (-t[i^]z). [L. capacitus, fr. capax, capacis;
fr. F. capacit['e]. See Capacious.]
1. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or
space; passive power; -- used in reference to physical
Had our great palace the capacity
To camp this host, we all would sup together.
The capacity of the exhausted cylinder. --Boyle.
2. The power of receiving and holding ideas, knowledge, etc.;
the comprehensiveness of the mind; the receptive faculty;
capability of understanding or feeling.
Capacity is now properly limited to these [the mere
passive operations of the mind]; its primary
signification, which is literally room for, as well
as its employment, favors this; although it can not
be denied that there are examples of its usage in an
active sense. --Sir W.
3. Ability; power pertaining to, or resulting from, the
possession of strength, wealth, or talent; possibility of
being or of doing.
The capacity of blessing the people. --Alex.
A cause with such capacities endued. --Blackmore.
4. Outward condition or circumstances; occupation;
profession; character; position; as, to work in the
capacity of a mason or a carpenter.
5. (Law) Legal or moral qualification, as of age, residence,
character, etc., necessary for certain purposes, as for
holding office, for marrying, for making contracts, wills,
etc.; legal power or right; competency.
Capacity for heat, the power of absorbing heat. Substances
differ in the amount of heat requisite to raise them a
given number of thermometric degrees, and this difference
is the measure of, or depends upon, what is called their
capacity for heat. See Specific heat, under Heat.
Syn: Ability; faculty; talent; capability; skill; efficiency;
cleverness. See Ability.
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