capability capability  /ˌkeɪ pə ˈbɪ lə ti/


  1. (n) the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
  2. (n) the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
  3. (n) an aptitude that may be developed



  1. We have tremendous capabilities to detect any effort by Iraq to obtain prohibited capability.
  2. A great deal of that offensive capability consisted of vehicles on the road to Basra.
  3. But Islamabad is happy for Tehran to acquire nuclear capability for energy uses.


  1. NSA cyber spying on China not a surprise, but it's not ho-hum, either

    International relations and leadership on global Internet policy, not US cyberespionage capability, are what will be compromised most as a result of revelations that the United States spies on computers used by civilians in Hong Kong and China.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  2. Tiny Submersible Could Search for Life in Europa's Ocean

    One of the first visitors to Jupiter's icy moon of Europa could be a tiny submarine barely larger than two soda cans. The small craft might help strike the right balance between cost and capability for a robotic mission to look for alien life in the ocean beneath Europa's icy crust.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! News

  3. Face Grooving Heads feature coolant-through capability.

    Available for 47–1,275 mm diameters, CoroBore® 825 SL Heads offer alternative to milling grooves for those operating in or serving sectors such as pumps and valves, hydraulics, and pulp/paper industry. Rotating axial face grooving tools use standard SL32 blade and CoroCut 1-2 inserts, but feature through-coolant capability for chip control. For 47-150 mm diameters, C6 and C8 adapters are ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: ThomasNet


  1. "Because people were stuck in old ways of doing business, it's been like pulling teeth," Gates said of his prodding. "While we've doubled this capability in recent months, it is still not good enough."
    on Apr 21, 2008 By: Robert Gates Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "If (Iran) chooses to do so, and the international community does not take steps to prevent it, it is possible Iran could have this capability," Bush said. "And we need to take it seriously - now."
    on Oct 23, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "In case there is an incident, we will have an improved capability to ensure that we have all the possible information we can collect to determine exactly what happened," McCormack said. "And we want to make sure that we have full...
    on Oct 5, 2007 By: Sean McCormack Source: International Herald Tribune

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