capacitance

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​tance | \kə-ˈpa-sə-tən(t)s \

Definition of capacitance 

1a : the property of an electric nonconductor that permits the storage of energy as a result of the separation of charge that occurs when opposite surfaces of the nonconductor are maintained at a difference of potential

b : the measure of this property that is equal to the ratio of the charge on either surface to the potential difference between the surfaces

2 : a part of a circuit or network that possesses capacitance

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Other Words from capacitance

capacitive \ -​ˈpa-​sə-​tiv \ adjective
capacitively adverb

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Meanwhile, a capacitance sensor measures the electrical charge in the leaf. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Crops," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of capacitance

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for capacitance

capacity

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The first known use of capacitance was in 1893

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capacitance

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​tance | \kə-ˈpas-ət-ən(t)s \

Medical Definition of capacitance 

1a : the property of an electric nonconductor that permits the storage of energy as a result of the separation of charge occurring when opposite surfaces of the nonconductor are maintained at a difference of potential

b : the measure of this property equal to the ratio of the charge on either surface to the potential difference between the surfaces

2 : a part of a circuit or network that possesses capacitance

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