liter

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

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 When June DeMelo's daughter went from drinking almost a liter of breastmilk a day to wanting nothing to do with it, the new mom was left physically and emotionally unmoored. June Demelo, Harper's BAZAAR, "When she refused to nurse one evening around 10 months old, I chalked it up to a fluke, probably an illness, definitely not a sudden spurt of baby-led weaning.," 23 Dec. 2019 Minnesota law restricts discharges of sulfates into waters where wild rice grows to 10 milligrams per liter. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Court rejects Minnesota’s renewal of U.S. Steel’s wastewater permit for Minntac mine," 9 Dec. 2019 The demonstrations began after authorities raised minimum gasoline prices by 50% to 15,000 Iranian rials per liter. BostonGlobe.com, "Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic with minimum prices for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50%.," 3 Dec. 2019 Red tide on the Florida coast is caused by the algae Karenia brevis, which is toxic and, in concentrations of 10,000 or more cells per liter of water, kills marine life and causes respiratory irritation in humans. NBC News, "Red tide returns in Florida leaving businesses worried about another economic hit," 18 Nov. 2019 Gasoline in the country still remains among the cheapest in the world, with the new prices jumping up to a minimum of 15,000 rials per liter of gas — 50% up from the day before. Washington Post, "Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed," 17 Nov. 2019 Scientists may have differing measurements for this threshold, but the most common metric is when there is 2 milligrams of dissolved oxygen per liter of water. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "What are algae blooms and dead zones?," 14 Nov. 2019 The researchers on the Alps and Arctic snow study found an average of 1,760 microplastic particles per liter of snow that had fallen on ice floes between Greenland and Norway. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Yes, there’s microplastic in the snow," 13 Dec. 2019 That’s nearly 24 cents a liter or 90 cents a gallon. BostonGlobe.com, "Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic with minimum prices for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50%.," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of liter was in 1797

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26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liter. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for liter

liter

noun
How to pronounce liter (audio)

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

liter

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

Kids Definition of liter

: a metric unit of liquid capacity equal to 1.057 quarts

liter

noun
li·​ter
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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