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*gallon*# gallon vs. liter

## gallon vs. liter: What's the difference?

The U.S. standard *gallon* is equal to 3.7853 *liters*. The British imperial *gallon* is equal to 4.546 *liters*. *Liters* are used in the metric system. The closest measure in the U.S. customary system and the British system is the quart, which is one fourth of a *gallon*. In the U.S., a quart is equal to 0.946 *liters*. In the U.K, a quart is equal to 1.136 *liters*. In the U.S., milk is commonly sold in *gallons*, while soda is sold in 2-*liter* bottles.

[ gal-uhn ]

noun

- a common unit of capacity in English-speaking countries, equal to four quarts, the U.S. standard gallon being equal to 231 cubic inches (3.7853 liters), and the Britishimperial gallon to 277.42 cubic inches (4.546 liters). Abbreviation: gal.

[ lee-ter ]

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