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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Lu"men
  1. [Photom]
    1. A unit of illumination, being the amount of illumination of a unit area of spherical surface, due to a light of unit intensity placed at the center of the sphere.
    2. A unit of light flux, being the flux through one square meter of surface the illumination of which is uniform and of unit brightness.
  2. [Biol] An opening, space, or cavity, esp. a tubular cavity; a vacuole.

Etymology: L., light, an opening for light

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A cavity or passage in a tubular organ ("the lumen of the intestine")
  2. A unit of luminous flux equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle of 1 steradian by a point source of 1 candela intensity radiating uniformly in all directions

From French lumen, coined by French physicist André-Eugène Blondel from Latin lumen (“light”)

  1. (physics) In the International System of Units, the derived unit of luminous flux; the light that is emitted in a solid angle of one steradian from a source of one candela. Symbol: lm.
  2. (anatomy) The cavity or channel within a tube or tubular organ.
  3. (botany) The cavity bounded by a plant cell wall.
  4. (medicine) The bore of a tube such as a hollow needle or catheter.

lumen was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, Latin, Polish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Lumen


Lumen was born on December 12th, 1908. He left this life on April 5th, 1982.


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Fun Facts about the name Lumen

  • How Popular is the name Lumen? Lumen is the 24,785th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Lumen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 234 babies born with the first name Lumen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lumen to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lumen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2011 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Lumen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lumen is Friday, November 22nd, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Lumen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lumen was in 2015 with a total of 43 babies.
  • Random Lumen Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lumen is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Lumen: Your name in reverse order is Nemul. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mnelu. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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