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Definition of capacity

What is the definition of "capacity"?
  • ca•pac•i•tynoun
  • 1. The ability to receive, hold, or absorb.
    2. A measure of this ability; volume.
    3. The maximum amount that can be contained: a trunk filled to capacity.
    4. Ability to perform or produce; capability.
    5. The maximum or optimum amount that can be produced: factories operating below capacity.

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  • "All those things are time-binding phenomena produced by the time-binding capacity of man; but man has _not_ known that _this capacity_ was his"

    "I have not, perhaps, in the course of the lecture, insisted enough on the nature of relative capacity and individual character, as the roots of all real _value_ in Art. We are too much in the habit, in these days, of acting as if Art.worth a price in the market were a commodity which people could be generally taught to produce, and as if the _education_ of the artist, not his _capacity_, gave the sterling value to his work."

    "Yet notwithstanding these circumstances, so favourable to the exclusion of error, the result is a higher specific inductive capacity for sulphur than for any other body as yet tried; and though this may in part be clue to the sulphur being in a better shape, i.e. filling up more completely the space _o, o_, (fig. 104.) than the cups of shell-lac and glass, still I feel satisfied that the experiments altogether fully prove the existence of a difference between dielectrics as to their power of favouring an inductive action through them; which difference may, for the present, be expressed by the term _specific inductive capacity_."

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