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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n liter 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: The stomach of an adult can hold 1.5 liters of material
    • n Liter 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The amount of blood a female mosquito drinks per serving is five millionths of a liter
    • n liter A Middle English form of litter.
    • n liter 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. It was intended to be as nearly equal as possible to one cubic decimeter, and in fact its departure from this is extremely small, and has never been satisfactorily determined. The liter is a volume ascertained by weighiug. It is not a vessel; and the temperature of the vessel that holds it is only defined for the purpose of testing standards.
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  • Glenn Close
    Glenn Close
    “I really think that effective acting has to do literally with the movement of molecules.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.”
  • Anita Brookner
    “Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “We term sleep a death by which we may be literally said to die daily; in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. litre, Gr. li`tra a silver coin


In literature:

Looking up, Mr. Meriton perceived that the vessel had literally snapped asunder.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
And, as we have already seen, Christ Himself founds Christianity upon Biogenesis stated in its most literal form.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
And some of the flushed, staggering folk, that reeled along the roadside, were literally out of their minds.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
They were his experience literally.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
What better field than this one, literally overflowing with gold, could they have asked for their operations?
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Literally the foreigner, but especially applied by the English to the Western Celts.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
The words of my text, literally rendered, are 'the grace that is being brought unto you.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
She seemed literally to have been spirited away.
"Queensland Cousins" by Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
The crisis demanded that he remain literally on the job all the time.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
But, then again, the quantity as well as the quality of the viands to be consumed was literally too much for me.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
We had some cheese, for which Earl Granville's family motto would serve as literal description.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
The word used here is "poika," which literally means a boy, or a son.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
A skin-full; literally, gorged with wine.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
How literally true it is that in this special form of social and humanitarian work we are seeking to save that which is lost!
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
The audience literally "walked out" and the run of one night ended.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
His rider was carried home half dead; and half dead, literally, he had been for fifteen years.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
The man of genius is the man who literally gives himself.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
The big building had been literally poured out into the street in a stream of splintered wood.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
They were literally stretched out over entire fields in an unbroken web of boughs.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
As usual, their mad reason blindly seizes upon the literal expression.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther

In poetry:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.
"Oscar Wilde" by Dorothy Parker
'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.
"Revelation" by Robert Frost
Books we do have for almost any
Literate mood, and notepaper, envelopes,
For a writing one (to "borrow" stamps
Is the mark of ill-breeding):
Between lunch and tea, perhaps a drive;
After dinner, music or gossip.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden
And the French and British fought side by side
Until the Russians no longer the bayonet charge could abide,
And the Russians were literally scorched by the musketry fire,
And in a short time the Russians were forced to retire.
"The Battle of Inkermann" by William Topaz McGonagall
Do not ask about his lips…as elegant as the sunset
And his eyes, a shore of purity
And his waist, the sway of a branch
Charms…which no book has contained
Nor described by a literate's feather
And his chest, his throat, enough for you
"My Love (Do Not Ask Me)" by Nizar Qabbani
Then the next day at sunrise the tower door was opened wide,
And a bronzed and scarred Grenadier forth did glide;
Literally laden with muskets, and passed along the line of troops,
While in utter astonishment the Austrian Colonel upon him looks.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The work's subtitle, "Four Processionals for Orchestra," is literal in the sense that various performers do enter and leave the stage as they perform.
You literally can't go anywhere in Northern Colorado right now without running into some kind of road work.
Blue Earth Area football coach Randy Kuechenmeister begins his 22nd season as head football coach with some big holes to fill literally.
The Coca-Cola Company said yesterday that it would introduce a two-liter plastic version of its trademark contoured glass bottle.
But competition for Medicaid income is so fierce, some dental clinics are literally picking kids up off the street and taking them straight to the dentist's office without letting parents know.
Ford confirmed today that its first US model to receive the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be the 2014 Fiesta.
Don't fear Ford's 1.0-liter three- cylinder engine .
Don't fear Ford's 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.
More on Ford's New Turbocharged, 2.0-Liter.
Whether there is a literal Battle of Armageddon is debatable and not probable.
Heads will roll, literally, when Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters.
Clean, Empty Hard Plastic 2 Liter Bottle.
Santos Junior Guilaza makes charcoal for a living – he and legions of people like him literally fuel the engine of rural souther Africa.
A record-dissolving heat wave continues its sweep across the country this week, sending anyone concerned about climate change into literal and figurative sweats.

In science:

If G is a formula containing a CLP-expression as first literal then special rules, shown below, are applied.
The literal a(X ) denotes an open predicate, while p(X ) a defined one.
In the first rule a universal quantified CLP-literal is selected in some denial.
If the literal has a finite number of solutions (e.g. ∀ X ← X in 1..10 ∧ Q[X ]), these solutions are collected and for each solution the resulting denial is added.
It is literally a mechanism of spontaneous orbifold symmetry breaking.
Spontaneous orbifold symmetry breaking and generation of mass hierarchy
Simple rings, like fields, are literally ‘simple’ in many ways.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
The successful predictions of quantum mechanics, must, of course, be reproduced, but this is not taken to mean that any theory must literally satisfy the axioms of quantum theory.
Physics with exotic probability theory
The derivative ∂h does not make literal sense since h(r) is a stochastic function: it is interpreted by integrating by parts in correlators.
The Stress Tensor in Quenched Random Systems
In some places we used techniques already used in, either literally or in an extended version.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
Such a power law is reminiscent of MCT, though it should not be taken literal as an MCT asymptote (see Sect. 4.5 below).
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
Therefore, expressions like (2.12) or (2.13) in the general case should not be taken literally.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Pµ = (−i) Z and the integral is logarithmically divergent if Eq. (52) is taken literally.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
It corresponds to the theory at the energies much more than Planckian, i.e. in the region where neither field theory nor even string theory are literally applicable and taking such limit is similar to an attempt to use field theory beyond the scale of ultraviolet cutoff.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Literally the loop expansion on fig. 8 is valid for the theories with only closed strings.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Notice that the operator (3.19) literally corresponds to the first term in formula (3.24), if one takes for the role of gauge field the solution to the equations of motion in the form of plane wave AM (X ) ∝ ǫM exp(ip · X ).
String Theory or Field Theory?