color temperature

noun

Definition of color temperature

: the temperature at which a blackbody emits radiant energy competent to evoke a color the same as that evoked by radiant energy from a given source (such as a lamp)

Examples of color temperature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Lightcycle Morph light can detect the color temperature and brightness of local daylight, and even auto-correct brightness depending on age. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "The 12 best gifts to buy from Dyson," 19 Nov. 2020 That’s thanks to its True Tone capabilities, meaning the iPad will adjust the color temperature of the display based on your environment. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best tablets of 2020," 8 Oct. 2020 For starters, each one offers a full spectrum of white-light color temperature settings ranging from warm and candle-like to hot, white daylight tones. Cnet, SFChronicle.com, "Best smart light bulbs for 2020," 27 Sep. 2020 But despite the seemingly descriptive name, the setting is really just a way for the camera to choose a specific color temperature, not a surefire way to make daytime images look right. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Your Phone Wasn’t Built for the Apocalypse," 11 Sep. 2020 The clock’s light feature simulates the sunrise in both color temperature and brightness, going from dim and warm orange to a bright yellow light over a 30 minute time period. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Start your day on a brighter note with the Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock, now on sale," 6 July 2020 The iMac uses ambient sensors to get a feel for the lighting in the room and will adjust the color temperature of the display to match it. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Better camera, more speakers, and speed boosts highlight the new 27-inch iMac," 6 Aug. 2020 There's now support for True Tone, the feature available in Apple's MacBooks and iPhones that changes the color temperature of the screen to match the ambient light around you for a more comfortable reading experience. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little," 4 Aug. 2020 That’s thanks to its True Tone capabilities, meaning the Pro will adjust the color temperature of the display based on your environment. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best tablets of 2020," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of color temperature

1916, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Color temperature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/color%20temperature. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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