[lee-ter] /ˈli tər/
a unit of capacity redefined in 1964 by a reduction of 28 parts in a million to be exactly equal to one cubic decimeter. It is equivalent to 1.0567 U.S. liquid quarts and is equal to the volume of one kilogram of distilled water at 4°C.
an informal, simplified spelling of 2 (defs 12, 13), used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products:
2 (def 36).
the US spelling of litre
(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thing: reggae lite
1797, from French litre (1793), from litron, obsolete French measure of capacity for grain, from Medieval Latin litra, from Greek litra “pound,” apparently from the same Sicilian Italic source as Latin libra.
alternative spelling of light (adj.1), by 1962. Used from at least 1917 in product names, often as a variation of light (n.).
The word Adjusto-Lite for portable electric lamps was opposed by the user of a trade mark Auto-lite registered before the date of use claimed by the applicant. [“The Trade-Mark Reporter,” 1922]
liter li·ter (lē’tər)
Abbr. L, l
A unit of volume equal to 1000 cubic centimeters or or 1 cubic decimeter (1.0567 quarts).
Not serious; not scholarly; watered down; popularized: there’s myth lite apres Joseph Campbell, Pinkola Estes, etc
[1980s+; fr the misspelling of light used to identify less fattening, less intoxicating, etc, products, esp beer]
- Literacy hour
noun 1. (in England and Wales) a daily reading and writing lesson that was introduced into the national primary school curriculum in 1998 to raise standards of literacy
noun 1. an examination to determine whether a person meets the literacy requirements for voting, serving in the armed forces, etc.; a test of one’s ability to read and write.
- Literae humaniores
/ˈlɪtəˌriː hjuːˌmænɪˈɔːriːz/ noun 1. (at Oxford University) the faculty concerned with Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, and philosophy; classics
[lit-er-uh l] /ˈlɪt ər əl/ adjective 1. in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical: the literal meaning of a word. 2. following the words of the original very closely and exactly: a literal translation of Goethe. 3. true to fact; not exaggerated; […]