Calculate Liters

The exact definition of a liter, the conversion into other metric units and how many liters certain containers can hold.

One litre (BE) or liter (AE) is one cubic decimeter (1 dm³). One decimeter (1 dm) is ten centimeters (10 cm). A liter is therefore the volume that fits into a cube with a side length of 10 cm. A liter can also have other forms. The liter is a commonly used unit of volume, water in particular is often expressed in liters. One liter of water at 4°C and normal pressure weighs almost exactly one kilogram.

Cube 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm One liter

Here you can convert liters into other metric volume units. Please enter one value, the others will be calculated. Fractions can also be given, e.g. 3/8, which is sometimes found in recipes.

Milliliters, ml, cm³:1/1000 l
Centiliters, cl:1/100 l
Deciliters, dl:1/10 l
Liters, l, dm³:1 l
Hectoliters, hl:100 l
Cubik meters, m³:1000 l

Liter is a unit of the metric system, which is based on the meter. The meter was introduced in France at the end of the 18th century with the aim of creating a universal system of units. It was planned that the distance from the equator to the poles should be ten million meters. This didn't quite work out, the error was about 2 kilometers, but the meter still has the length specified at that time. Meter is the SI unit of length, SI is the International System of Units. The SI unit of volume would be the cubic metre, but the liter is allowed for use with the SI and is much more common since we use things in the liter range much more often than we use the cubic metre. A cubic meter equals 1000 liters.
The fact that one liter of water weighs about one kilogram is no coincidence, because that is how the kilogram was originally defined. In fact, the density of water changes with temperature and pressure, so the kilogram is now defined differently. However, as an approximation, one liter of water equals one kilogram is still valid and widely used.

On the following pages you can calculate how many liters are in certain containers of a certain size:

Box (cuboid), Can (cylinder), Bucket (truncated cone), Bowl (spherical cap), Plate (spherical segemnt), Barrel, Tub (general truncated cone), Goblet (semi-spheroid), Tank (cylindrical segment), Pool (wedge-cuboid), Ball, Balloon (sphere), Egg (two half spheroids), Tip (cone), Funnel (double truncated cone), Measuring Cup (truncated elliptic cone), Measuring Spoon (rounded cone), Pie Slice (cylindrical sector), Tetra Container (tetrahedron), Test Tube (cylinder and hemisphere), Pipette (cylinder and double truncated cone), Capsule, Round Cornered Box, Octagonal Box, Heart-Shaped Box, Donut and Muffin. Of course, these objects can also have different shapes and these shapes can also have different names.

Box Can Bucket Bowl Plate Barrel Tub Goblet Tank Pool Ball, Balloon Egg Round tip Funnel Measuring Cup Measuring Spoon Pie Slice Tetra Container Test Tube Pipette Capsel Round Cornered Box   Octagonal Box Heart-Shaped Box Donut Muffin

Here you can convert metric volume units into customary and imperial units.

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