American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A metric unit of volume equal to 10 liters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the metric system, a measure of capacity, containing 10 liters, or 610.2 cubic inches, almost exactly equal to 2⅕ imperial gallons, or 2.64 United States (wine) gallons. Also dekaliter.
- n. US spelling of decalitre.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A measure of capacity in the metric system; a cubic volume of ten liters, equal to about 610.24 cubic inches, that is, 2.642 wine gallons.
- n. a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 10 liters
“Together with the kilogram, initially the mass of a decaliter of distilled water, it formed the basis of the metric system.”
“According to the American Heart Association, a healthy total cholesterol level for someone with no additional risk factors (smoking, obesity) is less than 200mg/dL (milligrams per decaliter), assuming their LDL and HDL totals are also at desirable levels.”
“In short (excuse the pun), for one reason or another users in the UK would be better served by a better dictionary of abbreviations than this; US users should be alerted to the fact that the text is British, unedited for American spelling: for ` decagramme, decalitre, decametre 'read ` decagram, decaliter, decameter.”
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