candela

noun

can·​de·​la kan-ˈdē-lə How to pronounce candela (audio) -ˈde- How to pronounce candela (audio)
-ˈdā-;
ˈkan-də-lə
: the base unit of luminous intensity in the International System of Units that is equal to the luminous intensity in a given direction of a source which emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 1012 hertz and has a radiant intensity in that direction of ¹/₆₈₃ watt per unit solid angle
abbreviation cd

called also candle

Examples of candela in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High candela ratings indicate a more focused beam (great for cutting through fog and smoke and for the furthest reach). Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 27 Oct. 2023 These are: the meter, the kilogram, the ampere, the candela, the mole, the kelvin, and the second. Tom Vanderbilt, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 Specifically, reflection from the headlamps’ housing illuminates two small areas high above the vehicle that, when measured according to federal motor vehicle safety standards, return a result of approximately 450 to 470 candela. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 5 Mar. 2022 The aluminum then ignites, creating a thunderous noise and flash of up to 184 decibels and nine million candela. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, candle

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of candela was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Candela.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candela. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

candela

noun
can·​de·​la kan-ˈdē-lə How to pronounce candela (audio) -ˈdel-ə How to pronounce candela (audio)
: a unit of measurement for the intensity of light

Medical Definition

candela

noun
can·​de·​la kan-ˈdē-lə How to pronounce candela (audio) -ˈdel-ə How to pronounce candela (audio)
: the base unit of luminous intensity in the International System of Units that is equal to the luminous intensity in a given direction of a source which emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 1012 hertz and has a radiant intensity in that direction of ¹/₆₈₃ watt per unit solid angle
abbreviation cd

called also candle

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