liter

[ lee-ter ]
/ ˈli tər /

noun

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
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 confused

letter lighter liter litter

Definition for liter (2 of 2)

lite

[ lahyt ]
/ laɪt /
Informal.

adjective

noting a commercial product that is low in calories or low in any substance considered undesirable, as compared with a product of the same type: used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products: lite beer.
noting a version that is comparatively less extreme, profound, advanced, etc., than the typical version (often used postpositively): The film glossed over the dangers of the experiment with a science-lite explanation. The lite version of the app is available for mobile download.

noun

Origin of lite

First recorded in 1965–70; an informal, simplified spelling of light2

Related forms

lite·ness, noun

Can be confused

lite light
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British Dictionary definitions for liter (1 of 2)

liter

/ (ˈliːtə) /

noun

the US spelling of litre

British Dictionary definitions for liter (2 of 2)

lite

/ (laɪt) /

adjective

(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thingreggae lite

Word Origin for lite

C20: variant spelling of light ²
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Medicine definitions for liter

liter

[ lētər ]

n.

A unit of volume equal to 1000 cubic centimeters or or 1 cubic decimeter (1.0567 quarts).
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Science definitions for liter

liter

[ lētər ]

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.
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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