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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 of stere
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French stère < Greek stereós solid

stereo-

1.
a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “solid”, used with reference to hardness, solidity, three-dimensionality in the formation of compound words:
stereochemistry; stereogram; stereoscope.
Also, especially before a vowel, stere-.
Origin
< Greek stereós
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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

stereo-

combining form
1.
indicating three-dimensional quality or solidity: stereoscope
Word Origin
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).

stereo-

word-forming element, before vowels stere-, from comb. form of Greek stereos "solid" (see stereotype).

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stere in Medicine

stereo- pref.

  1. Solid; solid body: stereotropism.

  2. Three-dimensional: stereochemistry.

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