reflectance

[ ri-flek-tuh ns ]
/ rɪˈflɛk təns /

noun Physics, Optics.

the ratio of the intensity of reflected radiation to that of the radiation incident on a surface.

Nearby words

  1. reflate,
  2. reflation,
  3. reflationary,
  4. reflect,
  5. reflect on,
  6. reflected plan,
  7. reflecting telescope,
  8. reflection,
  9. reflection coefficient,
  10. reflection density

Compare albedo.

Origin of reflectance

First recorded in 1925–30; reflect + -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for reflectance

reflectance

reflection factor

/ (rɪˈflɛktəns) /

noun

a measure of the ability of a surface to reflect light or other electromagnetic radiation, equal to the ratio of the reflected flux to the incident fluxSymbol: ρ Compare transmittance, absorptance
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