can·​dle·​pow·​er | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce candlepower (audio) \

Definition of candlepower

: luminous intensity expressed in candelas also : candela

Examples of candlepower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are 46 names listed, compared with 135 candidates in the 2003 recall; none possess the celebrity candlepower of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who succeeded Davis. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 And the Lindbergh beacon revived its revolving multimillion-plus-candlepower beam. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The world was still measured in candlepower, and each bulb had the brightness of sixteen candles. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of candlepower

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of candlepower was in 1869

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“Candlepower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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