candela

noun
can·​de·​la | \ kan-ˈdē-lə How to pronounce candela (audio) , -ˈde- How to pronounce candela (audio) , -ˈdā-; ˈkan-də-lə \

Definition of candela

: 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 And in the following weeks, a grand candela will anchor a plaza built on the south side of the store's parking lot. Holly Yan, CNN, "The El Paso Walmart where 22 people were killed will reopen, with a permanent memorial in the works," 29 Oct. 2019 The aluminum then ignites, creating a thunderous noise and flash of up to 184 decibels and nine million candela. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of candela

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for candela

Latin, candle

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“Candela.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candela. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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candela

noun
can·​de·​la | \ kan-ˈdē-lə How to pronounce candela (audio) , -ˈdel-ə How to pronounce candela (audio) \

Medical Definition of candela

: 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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