Weight vs Capacity - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between weight and capacity

is that weight is the force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by) while capacity is the ability to hold, receive or absorb.

As a verb weight

is to add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.

As an adjective capacity is

filling the allotted space.




(wikipedia weight) (en noun)
  • The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).
  • An object used to make something heavier.
  • A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.
  • Importance or influence.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1897, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.}}
  • * 1907 Alonso de Espinosa, Hakluyt Society & Sir Clements Robert Markham, The Guanches of Tenerife: the holy image of Our Lady of Candelaria, and the Spanish conquest and settlement, Printed for the Hakluyt Society, p116
  • Another knight came to settle on the island, a man of much weight and position, on whom the Adelantados of all the island relied, and who was made a magistrate.
  • * 1945 Mikia Pezas, The price of liberty, I. Washburn, Inc., p11
  • "You surely are a man of some weight around here," I said.
  • (weightlifting) A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.
  • * He's working out with weights .
  • (physics) Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).
  • (statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
  • (topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.
  • (typography) The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.
  • (visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.
  • (visual art) The illusion of mass.
  • (visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.
  • pressure; burden
  • the weight of care or business
  • * Shakespeare
  • The weight of this sad time.
  • * Milton
  • For the public all this weight he bears.
  • The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.
  • Derived terms

    * flyweight * heavyweight * lightweight * pseudoweight * pull one's weight * throw one's weight around * topweight * weightful, weightfully, weightfulness * weightlifter * weightlifting * weight of the world * weighty * welterweight


    (en verb)
  • To add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.
  • To load, burden or oppress someone.
  • (mathematics) To assign weights to individual statistics.
  • To bias something; to slant.
  • (horse racing) To handicap a horse with a specified weight.
  • capacity



  • The ability to hold, receive or absorb
  • A measure of such ability; volume
  • The maximum amount that can be held
  • It was hauling a capacity load.
    The orchestra played to a capacity crowd.
  • Capability; the ability to perform some task
  • The maximum that can be produced.
  • Mental ability; the power to learn
  • A faculty; the potential for growth and development
  • A role; the position in which one functions
  • Legal authority (to make an arrest for example)
  • Electrical capacitance.
  • (operations) The maximum that can be produced on a machine or in a facility or group.
  • Its capacity''' rating was 150 tons per hour, but its actual maximum '''capacity was 200 tons per hour.


    * throughput * See also

    Derived terms

    * capacitance * capacitation * capacitor


  • Filling the allotted space.
  • There will be a capacity crowd at Busch stadium for the sixth game.
  • * 2012 , August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB's first gold medal
  • At an overcast Eton Dorney, roared on by a capacity crowd including Prince Harry and Prince William, the volume rose as they entered the final stages.