Meaning of candela


Pronunciation: (kan-dē'lu), [key]
— n. Optics.
  1. a unit of luminous intensity, defined as the luminous intensity of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 10 hertz and that has a radiant intensity of 1/683 watt/steradian: adopted in 1979 as the international standard of luminous intensity. Abbr.: Cd
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