the system of units of capacity ordinarily used in measuring liquid commodities, as milk or oil. English system: 4 gills = 1 pint; 2 pints = 1 quart; 4 quarts = 1 gallon. Metric system: 1000 milliliters = 1 liter; 1000 liters = 1 kiloliter (= 1 cubic meter).
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- liquid compass,
- liquid crystal,
- liquid ecstasy,
- liquid fire,
- liquid gold,
- liquid oxygen,
- liquid paraffin,
- liquid petrolatum,
- liquid propellant,
- liquid protein
Origin of liquid measure
First recorded in 1850–55
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a unit or system of units for measuring volumes of liquids or their containers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
A system of units for measuring liquid volume or capacity. Compare dry measure.
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