Capacious Ca*pa"cious (k[.a]*p[=a]"sh[u^]s), a. [L. capax, -acis, fr. capere to take. See {Heave}.] 1. Having capacity; able to contain much; large; roomy; spacious; extended; broad; as, a capacious vessel, room, bay, or harbor. [1913 Webster]

In the capacious recesses of his mind. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. Able or qualified to make large views of things, as in obtaining knowledge or forming designs; comprehensive; liberal. ``A capacious mind.'' --Watts. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • capacious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a lot of space inside; roomy. DERIVATIVES capaciously adverb capaciousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin capax capable …   English terms dictionary

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  • capacious — [[t]kəpe͟ɪʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is capacious has a lot of space to put things in. [FORMAL] ...her capacious handbag …   English dictionary

  • capacious — adjective Etymology: Latin capac , capax capacious, capable, from Latin capere Date: 1606 containing or capable of containing a great deal Synonyms: see spacious • capaciously adverb • capaciousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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