[ 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.

Origin of photometer

From the New Latin word photometrum, dating back to 1770–80. See photo-, -meter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for photometer

/ (fəʊˈtɒmɪtə) /


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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