[stuh-rey-dee-uh n]

noun Geometry.

a solid angle at the center of a sphere subtending a section on the surface equal in area to the square of the radius of the sphere. Abbreviation: sr

Nearby words

  1. stepson,
  2. stepstool,
  3. steptoe,
  4. stepwise,
  5. ster.,
  6. sterco-,
  7. stercobilin,
  8. stercolith,
  9. stercoraceous,
  10. stercoraceous vomiting

Origin of steradian

First recorded in 1880–85; ste(reo)- + radian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for steradian



an SI unit of solid angle; the angle that, having its vertex in the centre of a sphere, cuts off an area of the surface of the sphere equal to the square of the length of the radiusSymbol: sr

Word Origin for steradian

C19: from stereo- + radian

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Science definitions for steradian



A unitless measure of solid angles. A solid angle projecting from the center of a sphere and cutting its surface has a measure ofsr2 steradians, where s is the surface area of the sphere cut out by the solid angle, and r is the radius of the sphere. See also radian.
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