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capacity

1. a measure of the electrical output of a piece of apparatus such as a motor, generator, or accumulator
2. Electronics a former name for capacitance
3. Computing
a. the number of words or characters that can be stored in a particular storage device
b. the range of numbers that can be processed in a register
4. the bit rate that a communication channel or other system can carry
5. legal competence

capacity

[kə′pas·əd·ē]
(analytical chemistry)
In chromatography, a measurement used in ion-exchange systems to express the adsorption ability of the ion-exchange materials.
(computer science)
(electricity)
(science and technology)
Volume, especially in reference to merchandise or containers thereof.

capacity

2. The volume contained in a vessel.
3. The maximum or minimum water flow obtainable under given conditions (e.g., specified conditions of pressure, temperature, and velocity).

capacity

As it pertains to airports, it is the ability of an airport to handle a given volume of traffic. It is a limit that cannot be exceeded without incurring an operational penalty.

capacity

(communications)
The maximum possible data transfer rate of a communications channel under ideal conditions. The total capacity of a channel may be shared between several independent data streams using some kind of multiplexing, in which case, each stream's data rate may be limited to a fixed fraction of the total capacity.

capacity

With regard to computer and information systems, capacity refers to the storage and transaction processing capability of computer systems, the network and/or the datacenter. See capacity on demand and storage capacity.
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Library models with fewer than the maximum number of cartridges will have proportionally lower capacities.
The president of an automobile company may see the capacity of the company as less than the sum of the capacities of all the establishments within the company because shortages of key components, such as engines or automatic transmissions, may limit total production.
In this way the real European capacity numbers have been revealed, and key large companies who exaggerate their capacities can now be correctly compared with others.
To reach native terabyte-class tape cartridge capacities and beyond, Maxell has developed Neo Super Maximum-capacity Advanced Reliability Tape (NeoSMART)--a collection of advanced technologies and production methodologies designed to support native capacities of up to 10TB per cartridge and beyond.
First, it seeks to familiarize the reader with the concepts of impairment, disability, handicap, functional limitations, functional capacities, and functional assessment, and to discuss the professional benefits of incorporating the client's functional limitations and capacities into the rehabilitation diagnosis and planning process.
Central water systems include outdoor air-cooled chillers in 20- to 527-ton capacities and single-, dual-, and multiple-compressor designs, as well as indoor, water-cooled units from 23 to 481 tons.
Disk roadmaps are growing at 40-60% annually and now indicate a clear path to 5 terabytes or more per drive by 2012 at the latest; however, disk drive performance capabilities have not kept pace with the growth in disk capacities.
Heater sizes from 6 kw and up, pumping capacities from 10 gpm and up, and single- and dual-zone configurations.
Disk-drive projections indicate capacities of nearly 5 terabytes in 2013 and native tape cartridge capacities ranging as high as 10 terabytes by 2013.
We have developed a database which includes over 95% of all pulp and paper mills worldwide, along with details of their location, ownership and installed capacities for each grade.