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 An April 5 water sample detected 2.1 milligrams per liter of orthophosphate, a form of phosphorus. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Nearly "catastrophic" Piney Point wastewater leak could irreparably harm neighboring marine life, experts say," 11 Apr. 2021 One way would be to say that a kilogram is the mass of 1 liter of water. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How to Figure Out the Mass of the Earth—With Balls and String," 8 Mar. 2021 Reviewers at Backpacker got the Essential to boil a full liter of water in less than four minutes. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Backpacking Stoves For Bringing Cooking Power to the Backcountry," 25 Mar. 2021 For now, the fuel costs about $10 a liter and is too expensive for use by the general public. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Why the 911 will be last the Porsche model to go electric," 19 Mar. 2021 Said process is proprietary at the moment, but Master Distiller Neil Lots (formerly Desert Distilling) uses a German 1,500 liter Kothe still to produce the spirits. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, "This San Diego Distillery Makes Vodka From Unwanted Beer," 26 Feb. 2021 Even so, testosterone levels do vary considerably between men and women: younger men's levels tend to range between 10 and 40 nanomoles per liter of blood, whereas women's levels tend to range between 0.5 and 3 nmol/L. Grace Huckins, Scientific American, "Hormone Levels Are Being Used to Discriminate against Female Athletes," 1 Feb. 2021 Fans called it out specifically for its ease of use, bright LED display and the large, six-liter reservoir. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 2 Mar. 2021 This kit screws onto a common one- or two-liter soda bottle. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Emergency Gear to Keep at Home," 17 Feb. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Liter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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