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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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The maximum aerobic capacity V[O.sub.2] max (ml/min/kg)-men Age Decreased Insufficient Average Good Excellent 20-29 <25 25-33 34-42 43-52 >53 30-39 < 23 23-30 31-38 39-48 >49 40-49 < 20 20-26 27-35 36-44 >45 50-59 < 18 28-24 25-33 34-42 >43 60-69 < 16 16-22 23-30 31-40 >41 Table 3.
Wii Sports boxing has previously been shown to significantly involve both total body and upper extremity movements, (20) so we believed this to be the most appropriate test of maximum aerobic capacity.
To determine the maximum aerobic capacity (V[O.sub.2] max), the Modified Balke's Maximum Scaled Protocol (5) for a bicycle ergometer with a mechanical braking system (Monark Test Ergometer, Ergomedic 828E) was used.

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