One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A unit of volume equal to one cubic metre.
- ‘Approximately 3 million steres of timber has been actually cut in private forests during the last years, including approximately equal volumes of logs, paper timber and firewood.’
- ‘According to the current national standard in the United States, the stere is not to be used.’
- ‘It has 354.8 billion steres in surface water resources, 13.5 percent of the nation's total, and 330 billion steres in glacial water resources.’
- ‘Currently, during March, in the middle of the rainy season, wood consumption for drying the tea is about 20 steres per day.’
- ‘China's comprehensive timber utilization percentage is expected to exceed 65 percent in 2010 from the current 60 percent, which will save 40 to 50 million steres of timber annually.’
Late 18th century: from French stère, from Greek stereos ‘solid’.
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