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[lee-ter]
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noun Chiefly British.
  1. liter.
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liter

[lee-ter]
noun
  1. a unit of capacity redefined in 1964 by a reduction of 28 parts in a million to be exactly equal to one cubic decimeter. It is equivalent to 1.0567 U.S. liquid quarts and is equal to the volume of one kilogram of distilled water at 4°C. Abbreviation: l
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Also especially British, li·tre.

Origin of liter

1800–10; < French litre, back formation from litron an old measure of capacity, derivative (with -on noun suffix) of Medieval Latin litra < Greek lítra pound
Can be confusedletter lighter liter litter
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litre

US liter

noun
  1. one cubic decimetre
  2. (formerly) the volume occupied by 1 kilogram of pure water at 4°C and 760 millimetres of mercury. This is equivalent to 1.000 028 cubic decimetres or about 1.76 pints
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from Medieval Latin litra, from Greek: a unit of weight

liter

noun
  1. the US spelling of litre
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Word Origin and History for litre

liter

n.

1797, from French litre (1793), from litron, obsolete French measure of capacity for grain, from Medieval Latin litra, from Greek litra "pound," apparently from the same Sicilian Italic source as Latin libra.

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litre in Medicine

liter

(lētər)
n.
  1. A unit of volume equal to 1000 cubic centimeters or or 1 cubic decimeter (1.0567 quarts).
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litre in Science

liter

[lētər]
  1. The basic unit of liquid volume or capacity in the metric system, equal to 1.06 quart or 2.12 pints. See Table at measurement.
  2. The basic unit of dry volume or capacity in the metric system, equal to 0.90 quart or 1.82 pint. See Table at measurement.
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