- 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
Origin of liter
Examples from the Web for litre
The litre of beer is called a canette, and the half-litre a choppe.The South of France--East Half
Charles Bertram Black
The litre—a litre of wine—took the place of the current coinage.In the Foreign Legion
In the medicinal dose (one gramme to a litre) the taste is atrocious.Princes and Poisoners
To 1000 litres of beer he adds 140 grains of tannin dissolved in 3⁄4 of a litre of water, which is thoroughly stirred up.
When the solution becomes colourless it is diluted to half a litre; in this fluid, white paper is soaked.
- one cubic decimetre
- (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
- the US spelling of litre
Word Origin and History for litre
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.
- A unit of volume equal to 1000 cubic centimeters or or 1 cubic decimeter (1.0567 quarts).
- 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.