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litre or (US) liter (ˈliːtə)
 
n
1.  one cubic decimetre
2.  (formerly) the volume occupied by 1 kilogram of pure water at 4°C and 760 millimetres of mercury. This is equivalent to 1.000 028 cubic decimetres or about 1.76 pints
 
[C19: from French, from Medieval Latin litra, from Greek: a unit of weight]
 
liter or (US) liter
 
n
 
[C19: from French, from Medieval Latin litra, from Greek: a unit of weight]

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litre

unit of volume in the metric system, equal to one cubic decimetre (0.001 cubic metre). From 1901 to 1964 the litre was defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water at 4C (39.2F) and standard atmospheric pressure; in 1964 the original, present value was reinstated. One litre is equivalent to approximately 1.0567 U.S. quart.

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Indeed, even with oil prices sky high, a litre of bottled water can cost more than a litre of petrol.
Experts are even recommending drinking a litre of water after dyeing in order to dilute any peroxide absorbed through the skin.
Ethanol is corrosive and has less energy per litre than petrol and diesel.
Plus you can even take litre bottles of water through customs and onto flights in some places.
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