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Definition of "capacitance" [ca•pac•i•tance]

  • The ratio of charge to potential on an electrically charged, isolated conductor. (noun)
  • The ratio of the electric charge transferred from one to the other of a pair of conductors to the resulting potential difference between them. (noun)
  • The property of a circuit element that permits it to store charge. (noun)
  • The part of the circuit exhibiting capacitance. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "capacitance" in a sentence
  • "For example, by measuring changes in an electronic property called capacitance, or the storage of electrical charge, Clark is able to obtain the microstructure's shape, stiffness, force or displacement with high accuracy and precision, he said."
  • "Of the available on-line biomass assays, the radio-frequency impedance method (often referred to as capacitance) is generally regarded as the most robust and reliable method to monitor viable biomass during fermentation and cell culture."
  • "Together with power management savings, Silicon Labs claims that consumer devices based on QuickSense will extend battery life beyond today's devices. capacitive touch-sensitive microcontrollers using what the company calls capacitance-to-digital converters."