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noun li·ter \ˈlē-tər\

: a metric unit for measuring the volume of a liquid or gas that is equal to 1.057 quarts

Full Definition of LITER

:  a metric unit of capacity equal to one cubic decimeter — see metric system table

Variants of LITER

li·ter or li·tre \ˈlē-tər\

Origin of LITER

French litre, from Medieval Latin litra, a measure, from Greek, a weight
First Known Use: 1797

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain
LITER Defined for Kids


noun li·ter \ˈlē-tər\

Definition of LITER for Kids

:  a metric unit of liquid capacity equal to 1.057 quarts
Medical Dictionary


noun li·ter

Medical Definition of LITER

:  a metric unit of capacity equal to the volume of one kilogram of water at 4°C (39°F) and at standard atmospheric pressure of 760 millimeters of mercury

Variants of LITER

li·ter or chiefly British li·tre \ˈlēt-ər\


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