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[ lee-ter ]
/ ˈli tər /
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Definition of liter

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

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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH liter

letter, lighter, liter , litter
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British Dictionary definitions for liter

liter
/ (ˈliːtə) /

noun
the US spelling of litre
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

Scientific 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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