- excess capacity
- excess capacity excess capacity ➔ capacity
* * *excess capacity UK US noun [U]► ECONOMICS, COMMERCE the ability to hold or deal with a larger number of people or things than is needed at the present time: »
The airline has shifted some of its excess capacity from Asian to North Atlantic routes.► PRODUCTION the ability to produce more of something than is needed at the present time: »
The company has just opened a new factory and hopes to fill all its excess capacity with a new marketing push.
Financial and business terms. 2012.