[ kan-dee-luh ]
/ kænˈdi lə /

noun Optics.

a basic unit of luminous intensity in the International System of Units (SI), formally defined as the luminous intensity of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 1012 hertz and that has a radiant intensity of 1/683 watt/steradian: adopted in 1979 as the international standard of luminous intensity. Abbreviation: Cd



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Origin of candela

1945–50; <Latin: candle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for candela

  • Calling Candela, he led him some way down the valley towards a grove of trees, among which were a great variety of creepers.

    The Young Llanero|W.H.G. Kingston
  • We then, guided by Candela, hurried forward on our journey, keeping a sharp look-out lest the fugitive Indians should return.

    The Young Llanero|W.H.G. Kingston
  • Of course the padre wished to know how it was I had found Candela; so I gave him a full account of all that had happened.

    The Young Llanero|W.H.G. Kingston
  • Candela now pushed on at a rapid rate, till we saw the light of our camp-fire a short distance off.

    The Young Llanero|W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for candela (1 of 2)

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the basic SI unit of luminous intensity; the luminous intensity in a given direction of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 10 12 hertz and that has a radiant intensity in that direction of (1/683) watt per steradianSymbol: cd Also called: candle, standard candle

Word Origin for candela

C20: from Latin: candle

British Dictionary definitions for candela (2 of 2)

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Felix. 1910–97, Mexican architect, noted for his naturalistic modern style and thin prestressed concrete roofs
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Medical definitions for candela

[ kăn-dĕlə ]


A unit of measurement of luminous flux, equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela radiating equally in all directions.candle
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Scientific definitions for candela

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The SI unit used to measure the brightness of a source of light (its luminous intensity). By definition, one square centimeter of a blackbody at the freezing point of platinum emits one-sixtieth of a candela of radiation. See Table at measurement. See also lumen luminous flux.
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