liters

liter

[lee-ter]
noun
a unit of capacity redefined in 1964 by a reduction of 28 parts in a million to be exactly equal to one cubic decimeter. It is equivalent to 1.0567 U.S. liquid quarts and is equal to the volume of one kilogram of distilled water at 4°C. Abbreviation: l
Also, especially British, litre.


Origin:
1800–10; < French litre, back formation from litron an old measure of capacity, derivative (with -on noun suffix) of Medieval Latin litra < Greek lítra pound

letter, lighter, liter, litter.
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liter (ˈliːtə)
 
n
the US spelling of litre

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liter
1797, from Fr. litre (1793), from litron, obsolete Fr. measure of capacity for grain, from M.L. litra, from Gk. litra "pound," apparently from the same Sicilian Italic source as L. libra.
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liter li·ter (lē'tər)
n.
Abbr. L, l
A unit of volume equal to 1000 cubic centimeters or or 1 cubic decimeter (1.0567 quarts).

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liter   (lē'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The basic unit of liquid volume or capacity in the metric system, equal to 1.06 quart or 2.12 pints. See Table at measurement.

  2. The basic unit of dry volume or capacity in the metric system, equal to 0.90 quart or 1.82 pint. See Table at measurement.


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