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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

litre

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a litre of petrol
have a capacity of 5/10 etc litres
▪ It’s a small microwave which has a capacity of 0.6 cubic feet.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
bottle
▪ I drive back to the hotel with Lucker swigging at a litre bottle of vodka beside me.
▪ A litre bottle of wine, glass stars around its neck, that was a third full.
▪ The deposit on an empty litre bottle is 50 cents.
▪ There were litre bottles of unlabelled white wine passed around among the diners.
▪ Two litre bottles of mineral water had been placed on a small wooden table with a hard-backed chair.
container
▪ They are used respectively with 5 and 20-25 litre containers.
engine
▪ In the past, with that 2-litre engine, it was all show and no go.
▪ The car has a Ford V8 4.2 litre engine which can develop 250 brake horse power.
▪ But with an 8 litre engine, expect the petrol bills to be as outrageous as the car.
▪ Is it possible to re-bore the 2.6 litre engine to accept 3.0 litre pistons and sleeves from the Rover car engine?
▪ If you like 6 cylinders fit a P5 3 litre engine.
▪ The Calibra shares the Cavalier's 2.0 litre engine, in both its 8-and 16-valve forms.
petrol
▪ It uses the familiar 1. litre petrol engine, and comes in three or five-door versions.
▪ It's charged by just a one litre petrol or diesel generator.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be down to your last pound/dollar/litre etc
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A carton of Marlboro cigarettes and a duty-free litre of brandy stood on a delicate bow-legged side table.
▪ A professional product that is available from Lamaur appointed salons at around £8.15 for 1 litre.
▪ As far as I could tell she'd drunk a litre and a half, allowing for spillage, so her behaviour was understandable.
▪ Biohome Plus costs £11.99 a litre or £54.99 for 5 litres.
▪ The £400,000 machine is capable of speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour with its 3.5 litre twin turbo V6 engine.
▪ The exact strength of solution does not matter - about 1 dessertspoonful of cooking salt in 1 litre of tap-water is suitable.
Wikipedia

Litre

The litre ( international spelling) or liter ( American spelling) (SI symbols L or l, commonly, but incorrectly, abbreviated as ltr) is an SI accepted metric system unit of volume equal to 1 cubic decimetre (dm), 1,000 cubic centimetres (cm) or 1/1,000 cubic metre. A cubic decimetre (or litre) occupies a volume of 10×10×10 centimetres (see figure) and is thus equal to one-thousandth of a cubic metre.

The original French metric system used the litre as a base unit. The word litre is derived from an older French unit, the litron, whose name came from Greek — where it was a unit of weight, not volume — via Latin, and which equalled approximately 0.831 litres. The litre was also used in several subsequent versions of the metric system and is accepted for use with the SI, although not an official SI unit — the SI unit of volume is the cubic metre (m). The spelling used by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures is "litre", a spelling which is shared by almost all English-speaking countries. The less common spelling of "liter" is more predominantly used in American English.

One litre of liquid water has a mass of almost exactly one kilogram, due to the gram being defined in 1795 as one cubic centimetre of water at the temperature of melting ice. Subsequent redefinitions of the metre and kilogram mean that this relationship is no longer exact.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Litre

Litre \Li"tre\ (l[=e]"t[~e]r; 277), n. [F.] Same as Liter. [Chiefly Brit.]

Litre

Liter \Li"ter\, Litre \Li"tre\ (l[=e]"t[~e]r; 277), n. [F. litre, Gr. li`tra a silver coin.] A measure of capacity in the metric system, being a cubic decimeter, equal to 6

  1. 022 cubic inches, or

  2. 113 American pints, or 1.76 English pints.

WordNet

litre

n. a metric unit of capacity equal to the volume of 1 kilogram of pure water at 4 degrees centigrade and 760 mm of mercury (or approximately 1.76 pints) [syn: liter, l, cubic decimeter, cubic decimetre]

Wiktionary

litre

n. 1 The metric unit of fluid measure, equal to one cubic decimetre. Symbols: l, L, ℓ 2 (context informal English) A measure of volume equivalent to a litre.

Usage examples of "litre".

One microlitre of Cyndex - and I remind you that is a millionth part of a litre - applied to naked skin will incapacitate a man in two minutes and kill in fifteen minutes.

At the same time we built a great cairn, and left there a can of 17 litres of paraffin, two packets of matches -- containing twenty boxes -- and an account of our expedition.

Dilute to 2 litres with water, and pass a current of sulphuretted hydrogen till the iron is reduced, the copper and silver precipitated, and the liquor smells of the gas.

Ourteau, continua Barincq, mes vaches nous donnent une moyenne de 1,500 litres.

After that, the original engines had been replaced by the beautiful new 6 litre Bentleys, and they had begun the long decline of police patrol work on the border, chasing the occasional cattle raider and slowly being pounded by a succession of brutal drivers into the condition which had at last brought them here to the Government sale yards in this fiery May of the year of our Lord 1935.

Either treatment is not beneficial to humans, and millions of litres of cockroach poisons are sprayed around kitchens and bathrooms, places where people spend a great deal of their time.

Fill with warm water and add liquid dish soap at a ratio of 2 tablespoons to 4 litres of water.

Mix 2 tablespoons of fish emulsion in 4 litres of water and spray it on the plants.

I drank four cans, two litres of that most exquisite of nectars, before I stopped.

I inflated all twelve cones with air and I filled each buoyancy chamber with the requisite ten litres of sea water.

I collected the fresh milk, over eight litres of it, in the fish bucket.

At the same time we built a great cairn, and left there a can of 17 litres of paraffin, two packets of matches -- containing twenty boxes -- and an account of our expedition.

I tipped two and a half litres of Azzurro Blue eggshell over his head.

A different kind of repellent is made by adding 2 tablespoons of artificial vanilla to a litre of water and spraying it around the stems of squash and cucumber plants.

We ate everything on the table, save for perhaps five litres of chili, which tomorrow would be folded into chapatis for lunch.