black body

noun, plural black·bod·ies. Physics.

  1. a hypothetical body that absorbs without reflection all of the electromagnetic radiation incident on its surface.


  1. physics a hypothetical body that would be capable of absorbing all the electromagnetic radiation falling on itAlso called: full radiator

  1. A theoretically perfect absorber and emitter of every frequency of electromagnetic radiation. The radiation emitted by a blackbody is a function only of its temperature.

An object that can absorb and send off radiation with complete efficiency — that is, it reflects (see reflection) none of the radiation that falls on it. The higher the object’s temperature, the higher the frequency of the radiation it gives off.

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