Litter
Litter Lit"ter (l[i^]t"t[~e]r), n. [F. liti[`e]re, LL. lectaria, fr. L. lectus couch, bed. See {Lie} to be prostrated, and cf. {Coverlet}.] 1. A bed or stretcher so arranged that a person, esp. a sick or wounded person, may be easily carried in or upon it. [1913 Webster]

There is a litter ready; lay him in 't. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Straw, hay, etc., scattered on a floor, as bedding for animals to rest on; also, a covering of straw for plants. [1913 Webster]

To crouch in litter of your stable planks. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Take off the litter from your kernel beds. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

3. Things lying scattered about in a manner indicating slovenliness; scattered rubbish. [1913 Webster]

Strephon, who found the room was void. Stole in, and took a strict survey Of all the litter as it lay. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. Disorder or untidiness resulting from scattered rubbish, or from thongs lying about uncared for; as, a room in a state of litter. [1913 Webster]

5. The young brought forth at one time, by a cat, dog, sow or other multiparous animal, taken collectively. Also Fig. [1913 Webster]

A wolf came to a sow, and very kindly offered to take care of her litter. --D. Estrange. [1913 Webster]

Reflect upon that numerous litter of strange, senseless opinions that crawl about the world. --South. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Litter — Lit ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Littered} (l[i^]t t[ e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Littering}.] 1. To supply with litter, as cattle; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall. [1913 Webster] Tell them how they litter their jades. Bp. Hackett. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Litter — Lit ter (l[i^]t t[ e]r), v. i. 1. To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one s bed in litter. [R.] [1913 Webster] The inn Where he and his horse littered. Habington. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce a litter. [1913 Webster] A desert …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • litter — ► NOUN 1) rubbish left in an open or public place. 2) an untidy collection of things. 3) a number of young born to an animal at one time. 4) (also cat litter) granular absorbent material lining a tray for a cat to urinate and defecate in indoors …   English terms dictionary

  • litter — [lit′ər] n. [ME litere < OFr litiere < ML literia, lectaria < L lectus, a couch: see LIE1] 1. a framework having long horizontal shafts near the bottom and enclosing a couch on which a person can be carried 2. a stretcher for carrying… …   English World dictionary

  • litter — lit|ter1 [ˈlıtə US ər] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(waste)¦ 2¦(baby animals)¦ 3¦(for cat s toilet)¦ 4¦(forest)¦ 5 a litter of something 6¦(for animal s bed)¦ 7¦(bed)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: litiere, from lit bed ] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • litter — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun … OF LITTER ▪ pile VERB + LITTER ▪ drop, leave ▪ Please do not leave litter after your picnic. ▪ clean up …   Collocations dictionary

  • litter — 01. There is a lot of [litter] on the streets around the high school. 02. Please don t [litter]; put your garbage in the containers provided. 03. Anyone caught [littering] will be subject to a minimum fine of $50. 04. The floor was [littered]… …   Grammatical examples in English

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