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Definition of "candela" [candela]

  • A unit of luminous intensity equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a blackbody radiating at the temperature of solidification of platinum (2,046°K). Also called candle. See Table at measurement. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "candela" in a sentence
  • "Unit of luminous intensity candela The candela is the luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 x 1012 hertz and that has a radiant intensity in that direction of 1/683 watt per steradian."
  • "More formally, a candela is the intensity of a source that puts out yellow light at 1/683 watt per steradian of solid angle."
  • "Unfortunately, it wasn't - and after much searching the title of the track is 'candela' by Da Madd Dominikans (in case anyone else needs to find it)."