Definition of carrying capacity in English:

carrying capacity


  • 1The number or quantity of people or things that can be conveyed or held by a vehicle or container.

    • ‘The carrying capacity of each bus will be reduced (by about ten passengers), but as a driver in Henan Province pointed out, the increased passenger security may well benefit business.’
    • ‘‘It (the ferry) was packed beyond its carrying capacity,’ said Mr Smith, 40.’
    • ‘This makes the car hard to get up hills, reduces its carrying capacity, and decreases its safety, since averting accidents sometimes requires the ability to accelerate quickly.’
    • ‘The carrying capacity of these vessels is between 1,000 and 4,000 tonnes and up to 5,000 tonnes in the case of Russian vessels.’
    • ‘All the trucks have much the same level of performance and carrying capacity.’
    • ‘With the 18 trawlermen and four crew on board, the Sea King was at maximum carrying capacity.’
    • ‘In the pre-WWI era many horsecars were replaced with electric trolleys, which still had much lower carrying capacities than a modern train.’
    • ‘The order is the largest for one specific type of railway wagon since 1976, and the vehicles can travel at 75 mph with a 100 per cent greater carrying capacity than existing coal wagons.’
    • ‘The metro rail for Bangalore will cost around Rs. 80 crores a kilometre and its carrying capacity will be around 20 lakh passengers a day.’
    • ‘The next generation of container ships, at 390 metres in length, will be as big as the biggest oil tankers, requiring a draft of 17 metres and with a carrying capacity up to three times that of today's vessels.’
    • ‘So far, only fully tracked vehicles can provide load carrying capacity and cross-country mobility needed to effectively fight the maneuver battle.’
    • ‘Such vehicles are all about carrying capacity, so it's not surprising that, in Britain and further afield, the Grand Voyager is a favourite in the hotel and tourism industry, as well as with large families.’
    • ‘The train will help increase the subway's passenger carrying capacity by 15 per cent.’
    • ‘Examples include motorcycles, utility trucks or vans with a carrying capacity of more than one tonne, and any other vehicles with a carrying capacity of nine or more occupants.’
    • ‘If it was, why are we now being told that the Combi's carrying capacity and its maintenance make it a financial burden?’
    • ‘"By 2010 we will have about 6,000 buses and we expect our carrying capacity to increase to 45 lakh passengers a day.’
    • ‘The new Transporter offers more carrying capacity than its predecessor with the maximum load volume available increased from 7.8 cubic metres to 9.3 cubic metres.’
    1. 1.1Ecology The number of people, other living organisms, or crops that a region can support without environmental degradation.
      • ‘Without key predators, he adds, prey populations grow beyond the ecosystem's carrying capacity and the entire food chain becomes unbalanced.’
      • ‘A closely related issue is how to impose a limit on cicada numbers when excess births cause the population to exceed the carrying capacity of the environment.’
      • ‘According to the service, the Yellowstone area has reached its carrying capacity for the large predators.’
      • ‘Legumes generally improve animal performance and increase carrying capacity of pastures.’
      • ‘With ecological planning, Bulgaria could become the first balanced nation on earth, by linking its population to its carrying capacity and wild environment.’