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  1. the measurement of the intensity of light or of relative illuminating power.
  2. the science dealing with such measurements.
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Origin of photometry

From the New Latin word photometria, dating back to 1815–25. See photo-, -metry
Related formspho·to·met·ric [foh-tuh-me-trik] /ˌfoʊ təˈmɛ trɪk/, pho·to·met·ri·cal, adjectivepho·tom·e·trist, pho·to·me·tri·cian [foh-tuh-me-trish-uh n] /ˌfoʊ tə mɛˈtrɪʃ ən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for photometry


  1. the measurement of the intensity of light
  2. the branch of physics concerned with such measurements
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Derived Formsphotometric (ˌfəʊtəˈmɛtrɪk), adjectivephotometrically, adverbphotometrist, noun
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photometry in Science


  1. The measurement of the intensity, brightness, or other properties of light. Also called photometrics See also luminous intensity.
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