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carrying capacity[′kar·ē·iŋ kə′pas·əd·ē]
The maximum population size that the environment can support without deterioration.
The maximum amount of current or power that can be safely handled by a wire or other component.
In terms of the built and urban environment, refers to the upper limits of development beyond which the quality of human life, health, welfare, safety or community character and identity might be unsustainably altered; a measure of the ability of a region to accommodate growth and development within the limits defined by existing infrastructure and natural resource capabilities. It is a finite quantity that equates to the ecosystem resources of a defined area such as a locality, habitat, region, country, or place.
Of an electric cable or wire, same as ampacity.