li·ter | \ ˈlē-tər \
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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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Ultimately, the lawsuit claimed that doctors removed her prosthetic hip and more than a liter of infected blood clots and tissues. Jordan Rau,, "Medicare takes aim at boomerang hospitalizations of nursing home patients," 22 June 2018 Others, who lived in a rural area, were assigned to different diets based on the clinic closest to them—for example, one group had to pick up a liter of olive oil each week. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Following charges of flawed statistics, major medical journal sets the record straight," 13 June 2018 Top among them was our best value, a trocken from Schloss Mühlenhof in Rheinhessen — juicy, zesty and, if not complex, immensely satisfying, and just $13 for a liter. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2016 Dry German Rieslings: Graceful, Resonant, Delicious," 3 May 2018 Back in November, Arzola had to pay 80,000 bolivares — at that time, about 75 cents — for a liter of oil. Eduard Freisler, miamiherald, "Venezuelan farms have begun feeding their workers — so they don't faint from hunger | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 Beers will cost $14.50 for a liter with the glass and $9.50 for a refill. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coming soon (not soon enough): Traveling Beer Garden season opens May 16," 5 Apr. 2018 The pending rules would affect women with testosterone levels of five nanomoles per liter and above. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Did Flawed Data Lead Track Astray on Testosterone in Women?," 12 July 2018 Make a plastic bottle trap using a sharp pair of scissors or a knife to cut a two-liter plastic soda bottle in two just above the top of the label. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Wasp-Proof Your Backyard For Outdoor Summer Living," 21 June 2017 Originally developed as field artillery for the U.S. Army, the 105-millimeter gun fires 33-pound high explosive shells the size of two-liter soda bottles at up to ten rounds a minute, at ranges of up to 7 miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Take a Ride Inside the AC-130 "Spooky" Gunship," 10 May 2016

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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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literal contract

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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 \

Kids Definition of liter

: a metric unit of liquid capacity equal to 1.057 quarts


variants: or chiefly British litre \ˈlēt-ər \

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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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