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noun Optics.
  1. a unit of luminance, equal to one candle per square centimeter.
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Origin of stilb

From the Greek word stílbē lamp
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Historical Examples

  • No longer does the file clerk have to stop and use her judgment as to where she shall file Mr. Stilb's letter.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson

British Dictionary definitions for stilb


  1. physics a unit of luminance equal to 1 candela per square centimetreSymbol: sb
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Word Origin

C20: from Greek stilbē lamp
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stilb in Science


  1. The unit of illuminance in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to one candela per square centimeter.
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