li·​ter | \ ˈlē-tər How to pronounce liter (audio) \
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Definition of liter

: a metric unit of capacity equal to one cubic decimeter — see Metric System Table

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Coca-Cola , for instance, has devoted significant resources to reducing its water consumption to 2.2 liters of water per liter of beverage. Yossi Sheffi, WSJ, "Guest Voices: Straw Man Solutions for Sustainable Supply Chains," 21 Aug. 2018 Better to eat well most of the time then go to your favorite fried chicken place on your birthday, or do it up at home with a couple of liters of canola oil and a Dutch oven. Joe Ray, WIRED, "Are Air Fryers Worth It?," 10 May 2018 The Dodge Charger, assembled in Canada, got nearly a quarter of its parts from Mexico, including the engines in some of its models, although the 3.6 liter version is made in the United States. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade Moves Put U.S. Carmakers in a Jam at Home and Abroad," 10 May 2018 However, the restaurant is more than happy to fill a liter pitcher with a few brunchy cocktails such as mimosas ($25) and white or red sangria ($35). Lauren Delgado,, "Brunch Punch: Slate in Orlando's Dr. Phillips neighborhood," 13 July 2018 The Arizona Department of Health Services says people should drink at least two liters of water a day. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "It's hot: Tips, tricks and advisories to get through excessive heat," 5 July 2018 Anyone wearing a jersey from Germany and Mexico gets half-price liters of beer. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee Father's Day weekend, from Polish Fest to the Underwear Bike Ride," 14 June 2018 How many liters are filling private swimming pools? Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Squeezing more out of taps: How Cape Town cut consumption in half," 30 Apr. 2018 Start with the Osprey Tempest 40 liter pack, which is built specifically with a woman's body in mind. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travel Accessories for Women That Are Actually Worth Buying," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of liter

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liter

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

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English Language Learners Definition of liter

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


li·​ter | \ ˈlē-tər How to pronounce liter (audio) \

Kids Definition of liter

: a metric unit of liquid capacity equal to 1.057 quarts


variants: or chiefly British litre \ ˈlēt-​ər How to pronounce litre (audio) \

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

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