We come across many objects that occupy the volume in our daily life. The volume is different for different containers. Capacity refers to the quantity that a container holds. In this article, we have provided what is meant by capacity, Units for Measurement of Capacity, some examples of measurement of capacity. Go through the problems and learn how to convert the measurements and enhance your skills.

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## Capacity – Definition

Capacity is defined as the amount of liquid a container can hold. Capacity is nothing but the volume or quantity of a container. Capacity is a liquid measurement. It is the ability of the hollow object for holding the substance. Capacity takes the shape of a particular container.

### Difference between Volume and Capacity

Learn about the difference between volume and capacity from this page.

Volume |
Capacity |

1. Volume is the total space covered by the object. | 1. Capacity is defined as the amount of liquid a container can hold. |

2. Volume is measured in cubic units. | 2. Capacity is measured in metric units like gallons, litres etc. |

3. Solid and liquid both are measured in volume. | 3. Only hollow objects have the capacity. |

### Measurement of Capacity

Generally, capacity is used to measure to find how much an object can hold the substance. The capacity of an object is measured in solid, liquid, gas. Capacity is measured in metric units such as litres, millilitres, gallons etc. We can measure the capacity of the object with a spoon, jars, cups, glasses and so on.

### Capacity Measurement Chart

**U. S Standard System:**

1 cup = 8 fluid ounces (fl oz) 1 pint (pt) = 2 cups 1 quart (qt) = 2 pints 1 gallon (gal) = 4 quarts |

1 gallon = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 16 cups = 128 fluid ounces.

**Metric Units:
**Milliliters and liters are commonly used to measure capacity.

1 milliliter (ml) = 0.001 liter 1 centiliter (cl) = 0.01 liter 1 deciliter (dl) = 0.1 liter 1 liter (l) = 1000 milliliters 1 hectoliter (hl) = 100 liters 1 decaliter (dal) = 10 liters 1 kiloliter (kl) = 1000 liters |

### Examples of Measuring Capacity

Let us discuss measuring capacity with the help of the examples. Check out the problems and know how to convert from litres to millilitres and millilitres to litres.

**Example 1. **

A milkman sold 24 litres 300 millilitres of milk on 4 days of a month and 43 litres 130 millilitres of milk in the next 2 days. What quantity of milk did he sell in 5 days?

**Solution:**

Given,

A milkman sold milk on 4 days of a month = 24litres 300 millilitres

A milkman sold milk on next 2 days = 43 litres 130 millimetres

Quantity of milk did he sell in 5 days = 24litres 300millilitres + 43 litres 130 millilitres

= 67 litres 430 millilitres

**Example 2. **

Convert 24 litres into millilitres?

**Solution:**

Given,

1 litre = 1000 millilitres

24 litre = 24 × 1000 = 24000 millilitres

Therefore 24 litres = 24000 millilitres

**Example 3. **

Sowmya used 4000 millilitres of milk to make a sweet. The milk used in litres is?

**Solution:**

Given that,

Sowmya used 4000 millilitres of milk to make a sweet.

Convert from litres to millilitres.

We know that

1000 millilitres = 1 litre

4000 millilitres = 4 litres

**Example 4. **

Convert 3 litres 8 millilitres is equal to?

**Solution:**

Convert from litres to millilitres.

1 litre = 1000 millilitres

3 litre = 3000 millilitres

3000 millilitres + 8 millilitres = 3008 millilitres

**Example 5. **

A container has a capacity of 109000 millilitres the capacity in litres is?

**Solution:**

Given that,

A container has a capacity of 109000 millilitres.

We have to convert from millilitres to litres

1000 millilitres = 1 litre

109000 millilitres = 109 litres

### FAQs on Measuring Capacity

**1. What is the Measurement of the Volume and Capacity?**

Volume is defined as the amount of total space covered by an object. Whereas capacity is defined as the measure of the quantity of an object. Volume is calculated as the product of the length, width and height of an object. Capacity is the measurement towards litres, millilitres.

**2. What is the difference between volume and capacity?**

1. Volume is measured in the cubic units such as cubic centimetres or cubic meters.

2. Capacity is measured in metric units like litres, millilitres

3. Volume is the space covered by an object.

4. Capacity is the amount of substance an object contained.

**3. Is capacity and volume are same?**

No, they are not the same. Capacity is measured in litres and volume is measured in cubic centimetres or cubic meters.