EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a cubic meter equivalent to 35.315 cubic feet or 1.3080 cubic yards, used to measure cordwood. : st Abbreviation Origin of stere 1790–1800; < French stère < Greek stereós solid a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “solid”, used with reference to hardness, solidity, three-dimensionality in the formation of compound words: stereochemistry; stereogram; stereoscope.
, especially before a vowel stere-. Origin of stereo-
Greek word stereós
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C18: from French
stère, from Greek stereos solid stereo- sometimes before a vowel stere- combining form indicating three-dimensional quality or solidity stereoscope Word Origin for stereo-
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Word Origin and History for stere n.
unit of the metric system for solid measure, 1798, from French
stère "unit of volume equal to one cubic meter," from Greek stereos "solid," from PIE root *ster- "stiff, rigid" (see sterile).
word-forming element, before vowels
stere-, from comb. form of Greek stereos "solid" (see stereotype).
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pref. Solid; solid body: stereotropism. Three-dimensional: stereochemistry.
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