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[lang-lee] /ˈlæŋ li/
noun, Physics.
for electromagnetic radiation incident upon a surface, a value of energy per unit area equal to one calorie per square centimeter.
Origin of langley
First recorded in 1945-50; after S. P. Langley


[lang-lee] /ˈlæŋ li/
Edmund of, York, 1st Duke of.
Samuel Pierpont
[peer-pont] /ˈpɪər pɒnt/ (Show IPA),
1834–1906, U.S. astronomer, physicist, and pioneer in aeronautics.
William, Langland, William.
a city in SW British Columbia, in SW Canada, near Vancouver.
Mount, a mountain in E California, in the Sierra Nevada. 14,025 feet (4280 meters). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Its summit elevation is nearly 15,000 feet, and in 1881 langley made its ascent for the purpose of measuring the solar constant.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • The whole current of life at langley changed with her coming.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • My pass was again demanded above langley's by a man who ate apples as he examined it, and who was disposed to hold a long parley.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • langley's good-humored laugh had a touch of conscious power in it.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Mr. langley lingered irresolute for a few minutes; then quitted the room, and proceeded along to Jane langley's apartment.

British Dictionary definitions for langley


Samuel Pierpont. 1834–1906, US astronomer and physicist: invented the bolometer (1878) and pioneered the construction of heavier-than-air flying machines
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langley in Science
A unit equal to one gram calorie per square centimeter of irradiated surface, used to measure solar radiation. The langley is named after American astronomer and aeronautical pioneer Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906).
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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