from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A metric unit of volume equal to 10 liters.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

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  • noun US spelling of decalitre.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 10 liters


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  • Together with the kilogram, initially the mass of a decaliter of distilled water, it formed the basis of the metric system.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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