light meter


: a small and often portable device for measuring illumination
especially : exposure meter

Examples of light meter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The old light meter trick works every time, right? Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2021 Bright, reflective snow can trick your light meter, causing auto exposure to underexpose and create gray snow. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Plenty of gardening tools can help make this task a breeze, from a moisture and light meter to a long-lasting hose. Isabel Garcia, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2021 Her team, including African researchers, used a light meter to measure skin reflectance in 2092 people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Botswana. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 12 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of light meter was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Light meter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

light meter

: a small portable device for measuring the amount of light in an area
: a device for indicating correct photographic exposure for varying amounts of light

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