Litter
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 Webster]

For his ease, well littered was the floor. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To put into a confused or disordered condition; to strew with scattered articles; as, to litter a room. [1913 Webster]

The room with volumes littered round. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. To give birth to; to bear; -- said of brutes, esp. those which produce more than one at a birth, and also of human beings, in abhorrence or contempt. [1913 Webster]

We might conceive that dogs were created blind, because we observe they were littered so with us. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

The son that she did litter here, A freckled whelp hagborn. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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