luminance

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noun lu·mi·nance \ ˈlü-mə-nən(t)s \

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

Examples of luminance in a Sentence

  1. the emerald had a pure, icy green luminance

  2. the landscapes of the French painter Claude Lorraine have a unique luminance that no other artist has quite captured

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First Known Use of luminance

1867


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luminance

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noun lu·mi·nance \ ˈlü-mə-nən(t)s \

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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