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Transformation of radiant energy to a different form of energy by interaction with matter.

Reference: CContrastCelsius (previously Centigrade)Capacitance.Icharge currentIntensity.EIlluminanceEnergy.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALAInternational Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM Dictionary edition (1970-1989)