liter

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noun li·ter \ˈlē-tər\
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Definition of liter

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

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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

liter

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Definition of liter for English Language Learners

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


LITER Defined for Kids

liter

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noun li·ter \ˈlē-tər\

Definition of liter for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

liter

noun li·ter
variants: or chiefly British

litre

\ˈlēt-ər\play

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



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