One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of water under standard conditions, now equal to 1,000 cubic centimetres (about 1.75 pints)as modifier ‘a litre bottle of wine’
- ‘Campaigners say just one litre can make a million litres of fresh water unfit to drink.’
- ‘When the roof is open, boot room is 208 litres, 63 litres more than the earlier model.’
- ‘The standard household lavatory, we are told, uses 7.5 litres of water per flush.’
- ‘You should then drink 1.5 liters per 1kg of weight lost.’
- ‘The new pump should produce an additional 220,000 liters per hour.’
- ‘He cut his tea back to one liter a day and did much better.’
- ‘A hydrant's minimum capacity must be 1,000 liters per minute.’
- ‘The result is extrapolated to 60 seconds and reported in liters per minute.’
- ‘He drank three liters of water a day so he would not dehydrate.’
- ‘In an irrigated area, a litre of milk takes at least 500 litres of water to produce.’
- ‘Burning fuel and debris were shoved out of the core before it was deluged with five million litres of water.’
- ‘Before tax a litre of petrol is actually cheaper than a litre of bottled water.’
- ‘Elephants consume around 250 liters of clean water daily.’
- ‘Who would care when a litre of petrol was cheaper than a litre of bottled water?’
- ‘Two 8,000 - liter water tanks are installed for use by local residents.’
- ‘At least 0.4 liters of diesel was needed to produce one kilogram of tea.’
- ‘Recommendations run at about 1 liter per hour divided into 3-4 intakes.’
- ‘Paul drank almost six litres of water without counting swigs taken from bottles offered along the roadside.’
- ‘About four kilograms of pounded sorghum and eight kilograms of brown sugar are added to one hundred liters of water.’
- ‘He also inventoried his provisions: two burritos, one liter of water, and some candy bar crumbs.’
Late 18th century: from French, alteration of litron (an obsolete measure of capacity), via medieval Latin from Greek litra, a Sicilian monetary unit.
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