Definition of liter
: a metric unit of capacity equal to one cubic decimeter — see metric system table
Recent Examples of liter from the Web
The new engine is far torquier, too, with 192 lb-ft delivered from 2100 rpm to 5000 rpm, compared with the 2.4 liter’s 174 lb-ft at 4400 rpm.
An egghead asked his father how much a five-liter flask holds.
The BMW engine plant in Steyr, Austria, has eliminated waste water from its manufacturing process, saving about 30 million liters of water each year.
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Origin and Etymology of liter
French litre, from Medieval Latin litra, a measure, from Greek, a weight
First Known Use: 1797
LITER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of liter for English Language Learners
: a metric unit for measuring the volume of a liquid or gas that is equal to 1.057 quarts
LITER Defined for Kids
Definition of liter for Students
: a metric unit of liquid capacity equal to 1.057 quarts
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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