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Meaning of lambert

lam•bert

Pronunciation: (lam'burt), [key]
— n. Optics.
  1. the centimeter-gram-second unit of luminance or brightness, equivalent to 0.32 candles per square centimeter, and equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface emitting or reflecting one lumen per square centimeter. Abbr.: L

Lam•bert

Pronunciation: (lam'burt for 2 also Ger. läm'bert), [key]
— n.
  1. 1905–51, English composer and conductor.
  2. 1728–77, German scientist and mathematician.
  3. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “land” and “bright.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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