- plural of lux.
- a pike, especially when fully grown.
Origin of luce
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French lus pike < Late Latin lūcius
- a unit of illumination, equivalent to 0.0929 foot-candle and equal to the illumination produced by luminous flux of one lumen falling perpendicularly on a surface one meter square. Symbol: lx
Origin of lux
1885–90; < Latin lūx light1
Also called meter-candle.
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Examples from the Web for luces
The Evanses are loosely based on the Luces—Clare Booth and Henry, publisher and founder of Time, Life, and Fortune.American Dreams: 'A Time to Be Born' by Dawn Powell
May 25, 2012
They also give three luces argent for one of their quarters.
The play upon the name of Lucy and the luces in the family arms is too direct to be mistaken.Summer Days in Shakespeare Land
Charles G. Harper
The luces, or pikes, in their coat of arms, the pun-loving tongue of a "most acute juvenal" could hardly have resisted.From Gretna Green to Land's End
Katharine Lee Bates
Thus it came about that the Luces took up their abode with the Gardners for the winter which was now upon them.The Spirit Lake Massacre
These luces or pike, pleasantly recall Shakspeare and the armorial bearings of Justice Shallow.Picturesque Sketches of London, Past and Present
- another name for pike 1
C14: from Old French lus, from Late Latin lūcius pike
- the derived SI unit of illumination equal to a luminous flux of 1 lumen per square metre. 1 lux is equivalent to 0.0929 foot-candleSymbol: lx
C19: from Latin: light
- NZ informal to clean with a vacuum cleaner
C20: from Electrolux, a vacuum-cleaner manufacturer
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Word Origin and History for luces
unit of illumination, 1889, from Latin lux "light" (see light (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The International System unit of illumination, equal to one lumen per square meter.candle-meter meter-candle
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- A SI derived unit of illuminance in photometry, equal to one lumen per square meter.
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