Albedo Definition

ăl-bēdō
albedoes, albedos
noun
albedos
The fraction of incident electromagnetic radiation reflected by a surface, especially of a celestial body.
American Heritage
The reflecting power of a planet, satellite, or asteroid, expressed as a ratio of reflected light to the total amount falling on the surface.
Webster's New World
The spongy white tissue on the inside of the rind of citrus fruit.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World

(physics, meteorology, astronomy) The fraction of incident light or radiation reflected by a surface or body, commonly expressed as a percentage.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • reflective power
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The fraction of the total light striking a surface that gets reflected from that surface. An object that has a high albedo (near 1) is very bright; an object that has a low albedo (near 0) is dark. The Earth's albedo is about 0.37. The Moon's is about 0.12.
American Heritage Science

Other Word Forms of Albedo

Noun

Singular:
albedo
Plural:
albedoes, albedos

Origin of Albedo

  • Late Latin albēdō whiteness from Latin albus white albho- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin albēdō (“whiteness”).

    From Wiktionary

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