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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Mexico exported more tequila than ever before in 2018, more than 222 million liters to 120 countries, said Ramón González, director of the Tequila Regulating Council. Washington Post, "Mexico’s tequila exporters warily eye US tariffs deadline," 7 June 2019 Others are pregnant and days away from their next liter. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "I took a tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's what I saw.," 10 June 2019 Bottled water, on average, contained much higher numbers of microplastic per liter than tap water, according to previous research cited in the study. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Average Americans eat, inhale thousands of tiny plastic pieces every year, study says," 6 June 2019 Three-liter boxes are great for big outdoor celebrations, such as family reunions or holiday barbecues, as well as for summer travels by RV or sailboat. Marnie Old,, "On sale at the Pa. state stores: Wine in a box that’s actually good," 4 June 2019 Those figures mean this V-8 tops the F8's 710-hp 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 and Ferrari claims its specific output, frighteningly high 192.7 horsepower per liter, is the highest in its segment. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 The ongoing project, carried out in partnership with the local Tepe community, the Venuart Group, and the Kuşadası municipality, is using more than 50,000 liters of Marshall paint to brighten the town (and the lives of its residents). Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "A Resort Town In Turkey Painted Homes To Look Like A Rainbow, And It's An Instagram Dream," 28 Jan. 2019 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

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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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