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steradian

[stuh-rey-dee-uh n] /stəˈreɪ di ən/
noun, Geometry
1.
a solid angle at the center of a sphere subtending a section on the surface equal in area to the square of the radius of the sphere.
Abbreviation: sr.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; ste(reo)- + radian
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British Dictionary definitions for steradian

steradian

/stəˈreɪdɪən/
noun
1.
an SI unit of solid angle; the angle that, having its vertex in the centre of a sphere, cuts off an area of the surface of the sphere equal to the square of the length of the radius sr
Word Origin
C19: from stereo- + radian
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steradian
  (stĭ-rā'dē-ən)   
A unitless measure of solid angles. A solid angle projecting from the center of a sphere and cutting its surface has a measure of s/r2 steradians, where s is the surface area of the sphere cut out by the solid angle, and r is the radius of the sphere. See also radian.
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Encyclopedia Article for steradian

sr

unit of solid-angle measure in the International System of Units (SI), defined as the solid angle of a sphere subtended by a portion of the surface whose area is equal to the square of the sphere's radius. Since the complete surface area of a sphere is 4pi times the square of its radius, the total solid angle about a point is equal to 4pi steradians. Derived from the Greek for solid and the English word radian, a steradian is, in effect, a solid radian; the radian is an SI unit of plane-angle measurement defined as the angle of a circle subtended by an arc equal in length to the circle's radius

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