langley

noun

lang·​ley ˈlaŋ-lē How to pronounce langley (audio)
plural langleys
: a unit of solar radiation equivalent to one gram calorie per square centimeter of irradiated surface

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One langley is the amount of energy required over a square centimeter to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, 27 June 2018 Using 42 degrees N for the latitude of Chicago, about 300 langleys of radiation per day are received on the winter solstice, versus about 950 on the summer solstice. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, 4 July 2017 Dear Tom, Several years ago, the Tribune weather page compared the amount of solar radiation, measured in langleys, on the winter and summer solstices. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, 4 July 2017 Dear Tom, Several years ago, the Tribune weather page compared the amount of solar radiation, measured in langleys, on the winter and summer solstices. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, 4 July 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Samuel P. Langley

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of langley was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Langley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/langley. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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Geographical Definition

Langley

geographical name

Lang·​ley ˈlaŋ-lē How to pronounce Langley (audio)
municipality east-southeast of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada population 104,177

Biographical Definition

Langley

biographical name

Lang·​ley ˈlaŋ-lē How to pronounce Langley (audio)
Samuel Pierpont 1834–1906 American astronomer and airplane pioneer

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