lu·​mi·​nance | \ ˈlü-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce luminance (audio) \

Definition of luminance

1 : the quality or state of being luminous
2 : the luminous intensity of a surface in a given direction per unit of projected area

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Examples of luminance in a Sentence

the emerald had a pure, icy green luminance the landscapes of the French painter Claude Lorraine have a unique luminance that no other artist has quite captured
Recent Examples on the Web To make adjustments even more precise, DxO has added sensitivity settings for Control Lines and Control Points so photographers can apply edits just to the luminance and chrominance of an area. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The A80Ks, meanwhile, will be available in 55, 65 and 77-inch screen sizes, and will benefit from the high luminance panels Sony introduced with its premium OLED TVs in 2021. John Archer, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Currently this program sets requirements for resolution, luminance, video decoding standards and colour and connectivity for a TV to be able to wear an 8K Association Certified badge of honor. John Archer, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 And like those consoles, Stadia on LG TVs puts out color and luminance that matches the HDR-10 standard and is compatible with 5.1 surround sound. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2021 So Feinberg's team did it with varying amounts of light—with luminance. Adam Rogers, Wired, 29 Apr. 2021 Without the mangroves, the bay will lose its luminance - our support will restore these precious ecosystems while also securing the local economy. Angela Chan, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Small highlights, such as the light in the projector lens in Chapter 8 of ‘It’, look phenomenally potent, giving the HDR effect a boost that feels beyond the 30 nits or so of measured luminance difference between the G1 and GX. John Archer, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Perhaps surprisingly the luminance overshoot seems equally as likely to occur with SDR content as HDR, and is seemingly particularly problematic with gaming sources. John Archer, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of luminance

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of luminance was in 1867

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21 May 2022

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“Luminance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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lu·​mi·​nance | \ ˈlü-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce luminance (audio) \

Medical Definition of luminance

1 : the quality or state of being luminous
2 : the luminous intensity of a surface in a given direction per unit of projected area

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