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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Capability  \Ca`pa*bil"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Capabilities}. 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  capable;  capacity;  capableness;  esp. 
  intellectual  power  or  ability. 
 
  A  capability  to  take  a  thousand  views  of  a  subject. 
  --H.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  Capacity  of  being  used  or  improved. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  capability 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  being  capable  --  physically  or  intellectually 
  or  legally;  "he  worked  to  the  limits  of  his  capability" 
  [syn:  {capableness}]  [ant:  {incapability},  {incapability}] 
  2:  the  susceptibility  of  something  to  a  particular  treatment; 
  "the  capability  of  a  metal  to  be  fused"  [syn:  {capacity}] 
  3:  an  aptitude  that  may  be  developed  [syn:  {capableness},  {potentiality}] 
  [ant:  {incapability}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  capability 
 
  system,  security>  An  {operating  system}  security  or 
  access  control  model  where  specific  types  of  access  to  a 
  specific  object  are  granted  by  giving  a  process  this  data 
  structure  or  {token}. 
 
  The  token  may  be  unforgeable  (typically  by  using  {encryption} 
  or  hardware  tagged"  memory).  Capabilities  are  used  in  OSes 
  such  as  {Hydra},  {KeyKOS},  {EROS},  {Chorus}/{Mix},  and  the 
  {Stanford  V  system}.  Similar  to  {Kerberos},  but  in  an  OS 
  context. 
 
  Compare  {access  control  list}. 
 
  (1998-03-08) 
 
 




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