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 Cheerwine Zero Sugar is now available in 12-ounce cans and two-liter bottles on grocery store shelves across North Carolina and South Carolina, and select Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland markets. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Cheerwine Surprises Shoppers at Charlotte Food Lion with $0 Grocery Bills," 17 Mar. 2021 The one-liter bottles of Woodford Reserve Bourbon are on sale across the United States and around the world, MSRP is $49.99. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, "Woodford Reserve And Jackson Family Wines Release Kentucky Derby Inspired Bottlings," 17 Mar. 2021 The one-liter bottles of Woodford Reserve Bourbon are on sale for $49.99. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "2021 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Bottle features art from Louisville native," 3 Mar. 2021 The Pure Cordless has a one-liter dustbin that empties easily. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "New competitor in the cordless vacuum space has great power but needs longer battery life," 22 Apr. 2021 In Port Manatee on April 5, a water sample detected 2.1 milligrams per liter of orthophosphate, a form of phosphorus. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vows to close wastewater plant for good after near "catastrophic" breach: "We want this to be the last chapter of the Piney Point story"," 13 Apr. 2021 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

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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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8 May 2021

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“Liter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liter. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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liter

noun

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 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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