photometer

[ foh-tom-i-ter ]
/ foʊˈtɒm ɪ tər /

noun Optics.

an instrument that measures luminous intensity or brightness, luminous flux, light distribution, color, etc., usually by comparing the light emitted by two sources, one source having certain specified standard characteristics.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. photom.,
  2. photomacrograph,
  3. photomap,
  4. photomechanical,
  5. photomechanical transfer,
  6. photometric,
  7. photometric brightness,
  8. photometry,
  9. photomicrograph,
  10. photomicroscope

Origin of photometer

From the New Latin word photometrum, dating back to 1770–80. See photo-, -meter

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British Dictionary definitions for photometer

photometer

/ (fəʊˈtɒmɪtə) /

noun

an instrument used in photometry, usually one that compares the illumination produced by a particular light source with that produced by a standard sourceSee also spectrophotometer
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