• WordNet 3.6
    • n litre 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)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cattle can produce up to 180 litres of saliva in one day
    • n Litre lē"tẽr 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.
    • n Litre lē"tẽr Same as Liter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In one day, adult lungs move about 10,000 litres of air
    • n litre See liter.
    • n litre In heraldry, a black band, supposed to represent the knightly belt, charged with the arms of the defunct, and painted on the wall of a church or chapel at the time of the funeral. This variety of the funeral achievement was formerly considered a mark of very high dignity. It is now nearly abandoned.
    • n litre A small tree of Chili, Rhus caustica, with very hard wood, used for axletrees, cogs, and furniture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Washing machines use anywhere from 40 to 200 litres of water per load
    • n Litre lē′tėr (her.) a hatchment consisting of a black belt, charged with the arms of the deceased.
    • n Litre lē′tr the unit of the French measures of capacity, both dry and liquid. It is the volume of a cubic decimètre, and contains a kilogramme of water at 4° C. in a vacuum, equal to .2200967 British imperial gallon, therefore less than a quart—4½ litres being roughly equal to a gallon.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. litre, Gr. li`tra a silver coin


In literature:

The amount of mixture used is 2.60 litres, and the cost works out at 10 cents.
"Argentina From A British Point Of View" by Various
Three litres of latex are necessary in order to obtain one litre of rubber.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Each guest had a litre placed before him.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Water 10 litres 10 litres.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Measure out double strength meat extract, 500 c.c., into a litre flask and add 300 c.c.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Breakfast may cost sixpence a day, and for this there is to be 3/4 litre of milk, 4 small white rolls, 1/2 lb.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
The pump will reduce the pressure within a 6-litre bulb from 10 millimetres to .00001 millimetre of mercury in fifteen minutes.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
There are 2 petrol reservoirs, each of 180 litre capacity.
"Jane's All the World's Aircraft" by Various
Nevertheless, I think we may be able to spare you a litre.
"The Dispatch-Riders" by Percy F. Westerman
The concentration of the hypochlorite solution is usually about 6 grams per litre.
"Chlorination of Water" by Joseph Race

In news:

One- litre Ford smashes supercars at Nurburgring.
Petrol prices drop below $2 litre .
Why interest in this one-year model has remained somewhat soft is unclear, particularly when considering the 7- Litre 's apparent charms.
) The 7- Litre 's divisional sibling, the Mercury S-55, also used the 428, but only 3,585 left showrooms.
The 7- Litre returned in 1967, as the 7- Litre Sports Package, an option on the XL and sans the badging that distinguished the 1966 7- Litres .
Petrol prices drop below $2 litre.
The engine for the next Corvette, to be introduced at the Detroit Motor Show in January, will be a 335kW 6.2-litre V8.
GETTING the equivalent of 106 mpg (2.2 litres/100km), the Nissan Leaf electric car would seem a motoring skinflint's dream come true.
From " Amelia 's Minimalist Menus for the Marooned," found in a 2-litre Mountain Dew bottle floating in the ocean near Bermuda.
Until 2011, regulations required all brewers to have enough capacity to brew well over 1m litres at a time.
Dairy farmers sprayed thousands of litres of fresh milk at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday in protest at what they say are excessive milk quotas and prices below the cost of production.
The new tanks should provide 5 litres of water per student per day.
Hundreds of millions of litres of water being saved each year.
I have 8 2-litre bottles of winter sow already in the back yard.
The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S, made official at the Los Angeles Auto Show, uses a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with 550 horsepower and eight-speed transmission to land itself in the exclusive 300km/h (186mph) club.

In science:

In classical physics a microscopic state of a multi-component system is described as an element of the Cartesian product of state spaces of individual components; for instance to determine the microstate of a litre of gas, it is necessary to know the precise positions and momenta of all its molecules.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
Yet more detail is supplied by the pattern shown in column 1 that represents a specific instance of a car with an identifier (‘v4’), a registration number (‘LMN 888’), and with a gasoline type of engine with a capacity of 2 litres.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
One such generator consumes an average of 1500 litres of diesel per month, resulting in a cost of approximately $30,000 per year to the network operator.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
Powering that many BSs on renewable energy would save up to 2.5 billion litres of diesel per annum (0.35% of global diesel consumption of 700 billion litres per annum) and cut annual carbon emissions by up to 6.8 million tonnes.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
Let ܸ0 denote the volume of the central compartment (usually between 5 or 6 litres): then the number of molecules of a free fraction of a drug in a central compartment is ܸ0ݏሺݐሻ.
On drug transport after intravenous administration