Liquid Measurement Chart – Definition with Examples

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Liquid Measurement Chart

Liquid Measurement

The liquid measurement is the amount of liquid a vessel contains and its measurement in standard units. We also refer to it as the “capacity” or the “volume” of the vessel. 

Liquid measurement

Infant milk bottle with measurement markings in milliliter and juice bottle with 1 liter contents.

The Different Tools used for Liquid Measurement are:

  • Measuring Cup & Pitcher: We commonly use the measuring cup and pitcher with markings in the kitchen for adding liquid ingredients in a measured quantity.
Measuring Cup & Pitcher
Measuring Cup & Pitcher 1

Measuring pitcher, cups and spoons with measurement markings in metric and US customary units on the surface.

  • Laboratory Essentials: The liquid measurement equipment such as beakers, graduated cylinder, test tube, conical flasks are used in laboratories for clinical and scientific purposes. With permanent markings in metric and customary, these types of equipment are useful in measuring liquids with precision for carrying out tests with chemicals and other liquid compounds.
Laboratory essentials

Conical flat-bottom flask, beaker and graduated cylinder; liquid measurement equipment used in laboratory markings.

Units of Liquid Measurement

 International System / Metric Units U.S. Customary Units U.K. Imperial Units
Milliliter – ml 

Centiliter – cl 

Liter – l 

Kiloliter – kl
Fluid ounce – fl.
Liquid Gallon
Fluid ounce – fl.
Liquid Gallon

Unit Conversion

To convert the mentioned unit to different units, follow the given conversion steps.

Unit Conversion - convert the unit to different units

Metric unit conversion for different measurements.Let’s convert the quantities to different units using the conversion table. 

  Milliliter Centiliter Liter Kiloliter
 5 Liter Multiply by 1000 

= 5 × 1000 

= 5000 ml
 Multiply by 100 

= 5 × 100 

= 500 cl 
Given in the same unit 5 l Divide by 1000 

= 5 ÷ 1000 

= 0.005 kl
 400 Milliliter Given in the same unit 400mlDivide by 10 

= 400 ÷ 10 

= 40 cl
Divide by 1000 

= 400 ÷ 1000 

= 0.4 l
Divide the value in liters by  1000 

= 0.4 ÷ 1000 

= 0.0004 kl

We follow the given chart for U.S. customary unit conversions

U.S. customary unit conversions

customary unit conversion for different measurements.

An example of using the above chart for unit conversion is:

 U.S. Customary Cup Pint Quart Gallon
 2000 fl. ozDivide by 8 


= 250 c
Divide the “cup” by 2 

= 250÷2 

= 125 pt
Divide the “pint” by 2 

= 125 ÷ 2 

= 62.5 qt 
Divide the “quart” by 4 

= 62.5 ÷ 4 

= 15.62 gal

We follow the given chart for U.K. Imperial unit conversions

U.K. Imperial unit conversions

Imperial Unit Conversion for Different Measurements.

Using the above chart, the conversion of a given capacity in different units is illustrated as follows:

 UK Imperial Units Fluid Ounce Pint Quart Gallon
 40 cups Multiply by 10 

= 40 × 10 

= 400 fl oz.
Divide by 2 

= 20 ÷ 2 

= 10 qt
Divide the “pint” by 2 

= 20 ÷ 2 

= 10 qt
Divide the “quart” by 4 

= 10 ÷ 4

= 2.25 gal


The liquid measurement units are commercially used for the trade purpose of commodities such as petrol, water, oil, and others. Standardization of measurement units introduced uniformity for global interpretation of mass and volume of liquids.

Fun Facts
1. Romans used bronze vessels with markings to measure liquids using the unit “sextarius”, equivalent to an imperial pint of 568 ml.
2. Mercury is the only liquid metal.
3. The thickness of a liquid is known as its viscosity. Liquids such as honey, melted chocolate, and mayonnaise are more viscous than oil, water, and milk.