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

Examples of liter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Germany, the government cut taxes by 35 euro cents a liter on gasoline and 17 cents on diesel, but prices soon began to rise again. Daniel Niemann,, 20 June 2022 No power figures have been released, but the new mill is a half-liter bigger than that of the original car, which could produce 261 horse. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 6 June 2022 According to Matter of Trust, when just one quart (around a liter) of oil enters the water supply, 1 million gallons of drinking water can be contaminated. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 19 May 2022 The duty imposed on each liter of fuel will be reduced by almost 40% from April 6 until May 31, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told lawmakers on Thursday. Prinesha Naidoo,, 31 Mar. 2022 Medic 3 cost $231,000, which also included a new stretcher and loading system, 5-point restraining system, more storage inside and out, a sliding side door, upgraded LED light system and a 6-cyclinder, 7.3 liter gasoline engine. cleveland, 6 June 2022 The lean, mean, mid-engined machine, which sits below the Valhalla and the Valkyrie in the Aston Martin lineup, was originally supposed to be powered by an in-house 4.0 liter V-6. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 The vehicle is powered by a 2.5 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine that produces 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to an automatic eight speed dual clutch transmission powering the front wheels. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 Weighing in at 12 ounces, the pad packs down to the size of a liter water bottle (4 x 9 inches). Johanna Flashman, SELF, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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 liter (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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