a cubic meter equivalent to 35.315 cubic feet or 1.3080 cubic yards, used to measure cordwood. Abbreviation: st

1790–1800; < French stère < Greek stereós solid Unabridged
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stere (stɪə)
a unit used to measure volumes of stacked timber equal to one cubic metre (35.315 cubic feet)
[C18: from French stère, from Greek stereos solid]

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Word Origin & History

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