from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of volume equal to one cubic meter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A measure of volume used e.g. for cut wood, equal to one cubic meter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A unit of cubic measure in the metric system, being a cubic meter, or kiloliter, and equal to 35.3 cubic feet, or nearly 11/3 cubic yards.
  • n. A rudder. See 5th steer.
  • n. Helmsman. See 6th steer.
  • v. To stir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of steer, steer, stir, stoor.
  • n. A cubic meter: the French unit for solid measure, equal to 35.31 cubic feet.


French stère, from Greek stereos, solid, hard; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French stère, from Greek στερεος solid, because the unit was used for solid commodities such as firewood. (Wiktionary)


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  • 5°F at 9:00 this a.m. I could sure use a stere or two of cordwood just now.

    January 17, 2013