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stere

[steer] /stɪər/
noun
1.
a cubic meter equivalent to 35.315 cubic feet or 1.3080 cubic yards, used to measure cordwood.
Abbreviation: st.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French stère < Greek stereós solid
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stere

/stɪə/
noun
1.
a unit used to measure volumes of stacked timber equal to one cubic metre (35.315 cubic feet)
Word Origin
C18: from French stère, from Greek stereos solid
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Word Origin and History for stere
n.

unit of the metric system for solid measure, 1798, from French stère "unit of volume equal to one cubic meter," from Greek stereos "solid," from PIE root *ster- "stiff, rigid" (see sterile).

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Encyclopedia Article for stere

metric unit of volume equal to one cubic metre, or 1,000 litres. The stere (from Greek stereos, "solid") was originally defined by law and used in France in 1793, primarily as a measure for firewood. It is thus the metric counterpart of the cord, one standard cord (128 cubic feet of stacked wood) being equal to 3.625 steres. A stere is made up of 10 decisteres, and 100 steres make up a hectostere. Very large volumes may be expressed in kilosteres, equal to 1,000 steres.

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