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 The world was still measured in candlepower, and each bulb had the brightness of sixteen candles. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of candlepower

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Candlepower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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