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  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Capacity  \Ca*pac"i*ty\,  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 
  things 
 
  Had  our  great  palace  the  capacity  To  camp  this  host, 
  we  all  would  sup  together.  --Shak. 
 
  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  undestanding  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,  favars  this  although  it  can  not 
  be  dented  that  there  are  examples  of  its  usage  in  an 
  active  sense  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  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. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  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  noral  qualification,  as  of  age,  residence, 
  character,  etc.,  necessary  for  certain  purposes,  as  for 
  holding  office,  for  marrying,  for  making  contracts,  will 
  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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