Definitions for: Litter

[n] material used to provide a bed for animals
[n] conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
[n] the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal
[n] rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)
[v] give birth to a litter of animals
[v] make a place messy by strewing garbage around
[v] strew; "Cigar butts littered the ground"

Webster (1913) Definition: Lit"ter, 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.

There is a litter ready; lay him in 't. --Shak.

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

To crouch in litter of your stable planks. --Shak.

Take off the litter from your kernel beds. --Evelyn.

3. Things lying scattered about in a manner indicating
slovenliness; scattered rubbish.

Strephon, who found the room was void. Stole in, and
took a strict survey Of all the litter as it lay.

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

5. The young brought forth at one time, by a sow or other
multiparous animal, taken collectively. Also Fig.

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

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

Lit"ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Littered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Littering.]
1. To supply with litter, as cattle; to cover with litter, as
the floor of a stall.

Tell them how they litter their jades. --Bp. Hacke?.

For his ease, well littered was the floor. --Dryden.

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

The room with volumes littered round. --Swift.

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.

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

The son that she did litter here, A freckled whelp
hagborn. --Shak.

Lit"ter, v. i.
1. To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make
one's bed in litter. [R.]

The inn Where he and his horse littered.

2. To produce a litter.

A desert . . . where the she-wolf still littered.

Synonyms: bedding, bedding material

See Also: animal group, be, bear, birth, calve, conveyance, covered couch, cub, deliver, farrow, fawn, give birth, have, have young, matter, palankeen, palanquin, pig, pup, rubbish, sedan, sedan chair, straw, stretcher, strew, substance, transport, trash, whelp

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