|1.||the property of a system that enables it to store electric charge|
|2.||a measure of this, equal to the charge that must be added to such a system to raise its electrical potential by one unit|
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|capacitance (kə-pās'ĭ-təns) Pronunciation Key
A measure of the ability of a configuration of materials to store electric charge. In a capacitor, capacitance depends on the size of the plates, the type of insulator, and the amount of space between the plates. Most electrical components display capacitance to some degree; even the spaces between components of a circuit have a natural capacitance. Capacitance is measured in farads. Compare inductance.