Definition of carrying capacity in English:

carrying capacity

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[mass noun]
  • 1The number or quantity of people or things which can be conveyed by a vehicle or container.
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    • In the pre-WWI era many horsecars were replaced with electric trolleys, which still had much lower carrying capacities than a modern train.
    • 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.
    • So far, only fully tracked vehicles can provide load carrying capacity and cross-country mobility needed to effectively fight the maneuver battle.
  • 1.1 Ecology The number of people, animals, or crops which a region can support without environmental degradation.
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    • Without key predators, he adds, prey populations grow beyond the ecosystem's carrying capacity and the entire food chain becomes unbalanced.
    • Legumes generally improve animal performance and increase carrying capacity of pastures.
    • According to the service, the Yellowstone area has reached its carrying capacity for the large predators.

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