langley

noun
lang·​ley | \ ˈlaŋ-lē How to pronounce langley (audio) \
plural langleys

Definition of langley

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a unit of solar radiation equivalent to one gram calorie per square centimeter of irradiated surface

Langley

biographical name
Lang·​ley | \ ˈlaŋ-lē How to pronounce Langley (audio) \

Definition of Langley (Entry 2 of 3)

Samuel Pierpont 1834–1906 American astronomer and airplane pioneer

Langley

geographical name
Lang·​ley | \ ˈlaŋ-lē How to pronounce Langley (audio) \

Definition of Langley (Entry 3 of 3)

municipality east-southeast of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada population 104,177

Examples of langley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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First Known Use of langley

Noun

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for langley

Noun

Samuel P. Langley

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“Langley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/langley. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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