radiant energy


: energy traveling as electromagnetic waves

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The people in the front row probably could have toasted marshmallows in the radiant energy from his pyrotechnics. al, 21 May 2022 That's a new word that people are using to differentiate an electric stove top from a cooktop that uses induction cooking, which is also an electrical method, but uses non-radiant energy to heat whatever's on it. Wired Staff, WIRED, 19 Jan. 2023 The radiant energy of the music, the vibe, had been an invocation to levitate—but not for everybody. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 23 Dec. 2022 Bioluminescence occurs during a chemical reaction called chemiluminescence – where chemical energy converts to radiant energy. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 14 June 2022 The five colorful ovals, positioned possibly as petals, are intended to evoke the sun or a flower or radiant energy. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 3 July 2021 Her radiant energy is not lost on her Instagram followers—she's made an icon of herself with her viral, sensual vacation posts. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 May 2021 Surface temperatures tend to run hotter than the air above, especially on sunny days when surfaces are heated both by air and the Sun’s radiant energy. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 19 May 2021 The black surface absorbs the sun’s radiant energy and will warm up the soil. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 29 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radiant energy was in 1870

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“Radiant energy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiant%20energy. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

radiant energy

: energy transmitted in the form of electromagnetic waves (as heat waves, light waves, radio waves, X-rays)

Medical Definition

radiant energy

: energy traveling as electromagnetic waves

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