a cubic meter equivalent to 35.315 cubic feet or 1.3080 cubic yards, used to measure cordwood. Abbreviation: st

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.
Also especially before a vowel, stere-.

Origin of stereo-

From the Greek word stereós Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stere



a unit used to measure volumes of stacked timber equal to one cubic metre (35.315 cubic feet)

Word Origin for stere

C18: from French stère, from Greek stereos solid


sometimes before a vowel stere-

combining form

indicating three-dimensional quality or soliditystereoscope

Word Origin for stereo-

from Greek stereos solid
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Word Origin and History for stere

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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stere in Medicine



Solid; solid body:stereotropism.
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