Variant of albedo
- Astron. the reflecting power of a planet, satellite, or asteroid, expressed as a ratio of reflected light to the total amount falling on the surface
- Physics the degree to which a surface reflects subnuclear particles, esp. neutrons, that strike it: expressed as the ratio of the number of particles that leave the surface in any direction to the number that strike it
Origin: Ecclesiastical Late Latin whiteness ; from Classical Latin albus, white: see elf
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