carrying capacity


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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web World Athletics argued that intersex athletes have an unfair advantage in lean muscle mass, strength and oxygen-carrying capacity. Jere Longman,, 20 July 2022 What is comfortable carrying capacity? Comfortable Carrying Capacity forms the backbone of any medium to large ski resort in the United States and most worldwide. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2022 The load carrying capacity modification labels may not be permanent and can fade, becoming illegible. Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2022 Such an arrangement may work reasonably satisfactorily for centuries because tribal wars, poaching, and disease keep the numbers of both man and beast well below the carrying capacity of the land. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, 8 June 2022 And despite its immense size, the SLS is still limited by its inability for on-orbit refueling to boost its carrying capacity once in space. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 12 Apr. 2022 State biologists believe the turkey population increased above its carrying capacity during the reintroduction and has since stabilized at a lower number. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2022 Zimbabwe’s estimated 100,000 elephants are double the carrying capacity of its national parks, say parks officials. Farai Mutsaka, ajc, 23 May 2022 The 17-year-old must have a big heart, considering her oxygen-carrying capacity. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carrying capacity was in 1857

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“Carrying capacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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