albedo


al·be·do

noun \al-ˈbē-(ˌ)dō\
plural al·be·dos

Definition of ALBEDO

:  reflective power; specifically :  the fraction of incident radiation (as light) that is reflected by a surface or body (as the moon or a cloud)

Origin of ALBEDO

Late Latin, whiteness, from Latin albus
First Known Use: circa 1859

Rhymes with ALBEDO

al·be·do

noun \al-ˈbēd-(ˌ)ō\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural al·be·dos

Medical Definition of ALBEDO

: the fraction of incident light or electromagnetic radiation that is reflected by a surface or body (as the moon or the skin)

albedo

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fraction of light reflected by a body or surface, commonly used in astronomy to describe the reflective properties of planets, natural satellites, and asteroids. “Normal” albedo (the relative brightness of a surface when illuminated and observed from directly above) is often used to determine the surface compositions of satellites and asteroids. The albedo, diameter, and distance of such objects together determine their brightness.

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