langley


langley
/lang"lee/, n. Physics.
for electromagnetic radiation incident upon a surface, a value of energy per unit area equal to one calorie per square centimeter.
[1945-50; after S. P. LANGLEY]

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      city (“district municipality”), southwestern British Columbia, Canada, just east-southeast of Vancouver, near the U.S. (Washington) border. The historic Hudson's Bay Company post, Fort Langley (named for Thomas Langley, a company director), was established nearby on the south bank of the Lower Fraser River in 1827; it was moved 2 miles (3 km) upstream in 1839 and played an important role in securing British influence in the coastal region before its closure in 1885. In 1858 the fort became the provisional capital of the Crown Colony of British Columbia when the colony was proclaimed there and Sir James Douglas sworn in as governor. Some of the fort's structures have been restored within a national historic park. The city, established in 1873 and incorporated in 1955, is now a suburb in the metropolitan area of Vancouver with some light industry and agricultural interests (dairying, vegetables, fruits). Pop. (2006) 23,606.

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Universalium. 2010.