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liter

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noun li·ter \ˈlē-tər\

Simple Definition of liter

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

Full Definition of liter

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

Variants of liter

or li·tre \ˈlē-tər\

Origin of liter

French litre, from Medieval Latin litra, a measure, from Greek, a weight


First Known Use: 1797

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LITER Defined for Kids

liter

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noun li·ter \ˈlē-tər\

Definition of liter

  1. :  a metric unit of liquid capacity equal to 1.057 quarts




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liter

noun li·ter

Medical Definition of liter

  1. :  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

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

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