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Word: capacity

Definition: mental or physical ability; role; position or duty; ability to accommodate; Ex. in my capacity as president


Sentences Containing 'capacity'

The house had always tolerated some person in that capacity, and time and tide had drifted this person to the post.
At last, it began to get about, among such as were interested in the matter, that although Sydney Carton would never be a lion, he was an amazingly good jackal, and that he rendered suit and service to Stryver in that humble capacity.
If my career were of that better kind that there was any opportunity or capacity of sacrifice in it, I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you.
I never saw such capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance, as you describe united.''
Heat, if properly regulated and controlled, would never be injurious to man; hence in the following paragraphs heat will be considered merely in its helpful capacity.
By fuel value is meant the capacity foods have for yielding heat to the body.
The life or death of a patient may be determined by the patient's diet, and the working and earning capacity of a father depends largely upon his prosaic three meals.
If the current sent through our electric light wires is too great for the capacity of the wires, the heat developed will injure the wires and may cause disastrous results.
The fashion of dressing sitters in meaningless, so called classical draperies is a feeble one, and usually argues a lack of capacity for selecting a good arrangement from the clothes of the period in the artist who adopts it.
But when a medium with the vast capacity of oil paint is being used, the principle of its governing the nature of the work is more often lost sight of.
They give me a new sense of the variety and capacity of that nature which is our common dwelling.
In globe, glb, the guttural g adds to the meaning the capacity of the throat.
Nothing further was needed; usually no questions were asked, no proofs of capacity required.
Both saw a great deal of active service during the war, and achieved high reputations for pluck and capacity.
The Rosalie Yarn Mill, of Natchez, has a capacity of 6,000 spindles and 160 looms, and employs 100 hands.
The old gentleman was not of literary turn or capacity, but he used to jot down brief paragraphs of plain practical information about the river, and sign them`MARK TWAIN,'and give them to the`New Orleans Picayune.'
After the building had been packed to its utmost capacity with sweltering folk of both sexes, the stage still remained vacant the distinguished stranger had failed to connect.
That the actual capacity of a channel through alluvium depends upon its service during floods has been often shown, but this capacity does not include anomalous, but recurrent, floods.
In such societies, the varied occupations of every man oblige every man to exert his capacity, and to invent expedients for removing difficulties which are continually occurring.
They fall heaviest upon the landlords, who always pay in a double capacity; in that of landlords, by the reduction, of their rent; and in that of rich consumers, by the increase of their expense.
Whereas they should have stopped to consider their capacity.
The author (1855) has also treated Psychology on the principle of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation.
Few would readily believe in the natural capacity and years of practice requisite to become even a skilful pigeon-fancier.
Such cases are highly important, for they prove that the capacity in any two species to cross is often completely independent of their systematic affinity, that is of any difference in their structure or constitution, excepting in their reproductive systems.
As the capacity of one plant to be grafted or budded on another is unimportant for their welfare in a state of nature, I presume that no one will suppose that this capacity is a SPECIALLY endowed quality, but will admit that it is incidental on differences in the laws of growth of the two plants.
But this capacity, as in hybridisation, is by no means absolutely governed by systematic affinity.
Nor is it surprising that the facility of effecting a first cross, and the fertility of the hybrids thus produced, and the capacity of being grafted together--though this latter capacity evidently depends on widely different circumstances--should all run, to a certain extent, parallel with the systematic affinity of the forms subjected to experiment; for systematic affinity includes resemblances of all kinds.
Psychology will be securely based on the foundation already well laid by Mr. Herbert Spencer, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation.
After his imprisonment all trace of Cervantes in his official capacity disappears, from which it may be inferred that he was not reinstated.
I present it to you, not that you may kiss it, but that you may observe the contexture of the sinews, the close network of the muscles, the breadth and capacity of the veins, whence you may infer what must be the strength of the arm that has such a hand."
The only method of freeing learning, at once, from these abstruse questions, is to enquire seriously into the nature of human understanding, and show, from an exact analysis of its powers and capacity, that it is by no means fitted for such remote and abstruse subjects.
And there is no reason to despair of equal success in our enquiries concerning the mental powers and economy, if prosecuted with equal capacity and caution.
You cannot say that the argument is abstruse, and may possibly escape your enquiry; since you confess that it is obvious to the capacity of a mere infant.
No conclusions can be more agreeable to scepticism than such as make discoveries concerning the weakness and narrow limits of human reason and capacity.
If it did not exceed the capacity of human nature to foretell future events, it would be absurd to employ any prophecy as an argument for a divine mission or authority from heaven.
And to justify this pretended philosophical system, by a chain of clear and convincing argument, or even any appearance of argument, exceeds the power of all human capacity.
And now, in the evening, Mr. Wickfield, Agnes, and I, went to have tea with him in his private capacity.
'My son's great capacity was tempted on, there, by a feeling of voluntary emulation and conscious pride,' the fond lady went on to say.
"It is a question of cubic capacity," said he; "a man with so large a brain must have something in it."
He told me instead, with much rapidity, a good deal about her skill, and her profits; and about her being a scientific cupper, if I should ever have occasion for her service in that capacity.
To the best of my judgement, no capacity of astonishment was left in me.
But if Mr. Micawber cannot get into those firms--which decline to answer his letters, when he offers his services even in an inferior capacity--what is the use of dwelling upon that idea?
Then, those large eyes, with that capacity for reflecting light, are common features of nocturnal things--witness the owl and the cat.
In fact, my dear Copperfield, I have entered into arrangements, by virtue of which I stand pledged and contracted to our friend Heep, to assist and serve him in the capacity of--and to be--his confidential clerk.'
You will allow me, as a private individual, to decline pursuing a subject which has lashed me to the utmost verge of desperation in my professional capacity.'
But I was resolved to fit the work as much as possible to the general capacity of readers.
I did not succeed in this so well as in the former; but after two or three farther trials, I had better fortune; and they both appeared amazed at my capacity.
By what I could discover, the _Yahoos_ appear to be the most unteachable of all animals: their capacity never reaching higher than to draw or carry burdens.
As it passes through the remaining vertebrae the canal tapers in size, but for a considerable distance remains of large capacity.
Removing this hatch we expose the great try-pots, two in number, and each of several barrels' capacity.

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