carrying capacity

noun

Definition of carrying capacity

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

Examples of carrying capacity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though the industry's cargo-carrying capacity is down, the price of shipping goods by air has shot up, according to the International Air Transport Association. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Airlines are trading passengers for packages. That hasn't made shipping any cheaper," 18 June 2020 And the dirt-carrying capacity of all these vacuums is rather small. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Handheld Vacuums for Cleaning Up Your Home or Workshop," 7 Feb. 2020 Keeping the deer density low enough by shooting enough of them that the herd size isn’t above the land’s carrying capacity is something everyone can do, and that directly influences antler growth through nutrition. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The Keys to Deer Antler Growth," 26 Mar. 2020 United and other airlines have already cut back passenger-carrying capacity. CBS News, "United Airlines cutting half its flights as coronavirus slams travel," 16 Mar. 2020 State biologists believe the turkey population overshot its carrying capacity and has since stabilized at a lower number. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leftover Wisconsin spring turkey permits go on sale beginning Monday. Here's how it works.," 14 Mar. 2020 Starting in April, the company will reduce its passenger-carrying capacity by 20% on international flights and 10% in the U.S. — the first airline to cut domestic flights in response to the decrease in demand caused by the virus. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Coronavirus could cost airlines more than $100 billion this year," 6 Mar. 2020 Southwest expects that passenger-carrying capacity in the fourth quarter will be as much as 1% below the same period last year, an unusual trend at an airline that has grown rapidly through much of its history. chicagotribune.com, "All-Boeing Southwest Airlines may look at Airbus after 737 Max woes," 24 Oct. 2019 The tiny dip could have been a statistical anomaly or a sign the richest eagle habitat in the state has reached carrying capacity. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Bald eagle numbers are soaring across Wisconsin — except in one county," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of carrying capacity

1889, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Carrying capacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrying%20capacity. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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