Meaning of “carrying capacity” in the English Dictionary

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"carrying capacity" in Business English

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carrying capacitynoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk us

TRANSPORT the total amount that something can hold or carry:

Low water levels meant that ships lost about 8,000 tons per trip - about 11% of their carrying capacity.
About 155,000 vehicles use the bridge every day, nearly twice the carrying capacity it was designed to handle.

(Definition of “carrying capacity” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)