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or candle power

[kan-dl-pou-er] /ˈkæn dlˌpaʊ ər/
noun, Optics.
(formerly) a measure of luminous intensity expressed in candles.
Origin of candlepower
First recorded in 1875-80; candle + power Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lamps should be of low voltage and need not be very high in candlepower.

  • One farm (that of the owner of the wheel) has 30 lamps, of 16 candlepower each, and two barn-yard lamps of 92 candlepower each.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • In an ordinary 16 candlepower carbon lamp, the resistance of this filament is 220 ohms.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • The new nitrogen lamp, not yet in general use, requires only ½ watt to the candlepower.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for candlepower


the luminous intensity of a source of light in a given direction: now expressed in candelas but formerly in terms of the international candle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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candlepower in Science
Luminous intensity, expressed in candelas.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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