Definitions for Candelakænˈdi lə

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Candela

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

can•de•lakænˈdi lə(n.)(pl.)-las.

  1. a unit adopted in 1979 as the international standard of luminous intensity, defined as the luminous intensity of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 x 1012 hertz and that has a radiant intensity of 1/683 watt/steradian.

    Category: Optics

    Ref: Abbr.: cd 3

Origin of candela:

1945–50; < L: candle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. candle, candela, cd, standard candle(noun)

    the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a black body radiating at the temperature of 2,046 degrees Kelvin


  1. candela(Noun)

    In the International System of Units, the base unit of luminous intensity; the luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 10 hertz and that has a radiant intensity in that direction of 1/683 watt per steradian. Symbol: cd


  1. Candela

    The candela is the SI base unit of luminous intensity; that is, power emitted by a light source in a particular direction, weighted by the luminosity function. A common candle emits light with a luminous intensity of roughly one candela. If emission in some directions is blocked by an opaque barrier, the emission would still be approximately one candela in the directions that are not obscured. The word candela means candle in Latin, as well as in many modern languages.

Translations for Candela

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a moulded piece of wax with a wick in the centre, for giving light

We had to use candles when the electric lights went out.

Get even more translations for Candela »


Find a translation for the Candela definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Candela definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"Candela." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 26 Nov. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for Candela?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Candela: