carrying capacity


Definition of carrying capacity

: the maximum population (as of deer) that an area will support without undergoing deterioration

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Important details such as power plant, carrying capacity, and armor are all left unexplained. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Unveils Giant Combat Walker," 22 Aug. 2018 Again though, increased carrying capacity, is an invitation to increase the load. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 Bottom line: If looks and carrying capacity are your top concern, this one's for you. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 As for elephant riding, the ACEWG notes that while veracious studies have not been conducted on elephants specifically, it is known that horses, dogs, and donkeys have a weight-carrying capacity of about 20-to-25 percent of their body weight. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 Special Forces upgrades — model 47G — using 1,400 parts from 500 suppliers and 45,000 man-hours of work per helicopter, will boost the Chinooks’ carrying capacity to 27 tons, from 25. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Boeing upgrades Chinooks at Delco plant in 100-year program," 27 June 2018 The bridge has been reconstructed to overcome future shifts in the San Jacinto River and restore its load-carrying capacity. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "TxDOT targets June 30 for completion of repairs on Hwy. 59 bridge near Humble, Kingwood," 21 June 2018 Two-engine jets burn less fuel yet grew to closely match the 747’s carrying capacity. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 But the growth slowed down after 2002 to under 2.2 percent annually, which biologists say is because the population in the core habitat in and around Yellowstone is at or near carrying capacity. Rocky Barker, idahostatesman, "Idaho approves first grizzly bear hunting season in more than 40 years | Idaho Statesman," 10 May 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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