from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Luminous intensity expressed in candelas.
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- n. former measurement of brightness of a light source
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- luminous intensity; illuminating power, as of a lamp, or gas flame, measured in candelas, referring to the light of a standard candle.
- n. illuminating power, as of a lamp, or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard candle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The illuminating power of a candle; specifically, the illuminating power of a candle of determinate composition and rate of burning, taken as a unit in estimating the luminosity of any illuminating agent: as, a gas-jet of 25 candle-power.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. luminous intensity measured in candelas
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And go ahead, laugh all you want at the humble candle-perhaps loved only by luddites and brownout victims-but "candlepower" is still the unit of choice for many measures of brightness.
And 2 1/2 stories ( "Lockheed," "Emily" and part of "April") are inhabited by female narrators, which works surprisingly well and betrays at least a hint of imaginative candlepower.
She even indulged me when I boasted about all the candlepower I'd harnessed on my old bike, enough to drive country roads at night.
Innovage LLC is recalling 1.4 million one-million candlepower rechargeable halogen spotlights because the charging adapter can overcharge the battery, which can cause it to rupture and leak battery acid.
I feel an elbow in my back, turn and see that some serious candlepower is being directed at a good-looking actor in a light gray suit.
The candlepower increases exponentially when James Franco, the film's Allen Ginsberg, arrives.
Each Xenon light emits 1 billion candlepower, or 20 kilowatts.
Beeswax, schmeeswax, for bright candles you want spermaceti - so good they named the candlepower after it.
Directly overhead, a dazzling star burst into life-the billion-candlepower flare that was drenching both Space Station One and Discovery with its brilliance.
This guy has more candlepower than the whole Republican party combined.