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

  • n. A metric unit of volume equal to approximately 1.056 liquid quarts, 0.908 dry quart, or 0.264 gallon. See Table at measurement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. US spelling of litre: One cubic decimeter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A measure of capacity in the metric system, being a cubic decimeter, equal to 61.022 cubic inches, or 2.113 American pints, or 1.76 English pints.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of litter.
  • n. The unit of capacity in the metric system, equal to 0.88036 imperial quart, or 1.056 United States quarts; the volume of one kilogram of water at its maximum density.

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

  • n. a metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water under standard conditions; now equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters (or approximately 1.75 pints)

Etymologies

French litre, from obsolete litron, measure of capacity, from Medieval Latin lītra, from Greek, unit of weight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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