• WordNet 3.6
    • v litter give birth to a litter of animals
    • v litter make a place messy by strewing garbage around
    • v litter strew "Cigar butts littered the ground"
    • n litter material used to provide a bed for animals
    • n litter conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
    • n litter the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal
    • n litter rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every single hamster in the United States today comes from a single litter captured in Syria in 1930
    • Litter 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."
    • Litter Disorder or untidiness resulting from scattered rubbish, or from thongs lying about uncared for; as, a room in a state of litter .
    • Litter 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.""Take off the litter from your kernel beds."
    • Litter The young brought forth at one time, by a cat, dog, 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 .""Reflect upon that numerous litter of strange, senseless opinions that crawl about the world."
    • Litter 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."
    • Litter To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter. "The inn
      Where he and his horse littered ."
    • Litter 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.""The son that she did litter here,
      A freckled whelp hagborn."
    • Litter To produce a litter. "A desert . . . where the she-wolf still littered ."
    • Litter To put into a confused or disordered condition; to strew with scattered articles; as, to litter a room. "The room with volumes littered round."
    • Litter To supply with litter, as cattle; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall. "Tell them how they litter their jades.""For his ease, well littered was the floor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All pet hamsters are descended from a single female wild golden hamster found with a litter of 12 young in Syria in 1930.
    • n litter A vehicle consisting of a bed or couch suspended between shafts, and borne by men or horses. It was formerly esteemed as an easy and fashionable method of carriage. Among the Romans the litter (lectica) was borne by slaves set apart for that special service; it was in common use by patricians in the time of Tiberius. In Europe horse-litters were much used before the introduction of coaches.
    • n litter A form of hurdle-bed on which a sick or wounded person is conveyed from one point to another, as to a hospital in a city, or to a field-hospital on a battle-field. For this purpose the stretcher or hand-litter is in use, consisting of canvas, about 6½ feet long by 3 feet wide, securely fastened at the sides to two hard-wood poles about 8 feet long, and convenient for rolling up. Horse- and mule-litters of various forms are used in some armies and in American frontier service.
    • n litter A birth or bringing forth of more than one young animal at a time, as of pigs, kittens, rabbits, puppies, etc.
    • n litter A number of young animals brought forth at a birth: used with reference to mammals which regularly give birth to more than one young at once, as the sow, bitch, eat, rabbit, etc., and only slightingly of human beings.
    • n litter Loose straw, hay, or the like, spread on a floor or the ground as bedding for horses, cows, or other animals.
    • n litter Waste matter, as shreds, fragments, or the like, scattered about, as on a floor; scattered rubbish; things strewn about in a careless or slovenly manner; clutter.
    • n litter A condition of disorder or confusion: as, the room is in a litter.
    • litter To carry in a litter.
    • litter To scatter straw, hay, or other similar substance on or over for bedding.
    • litter To spread a bed for; supply with litter: usually with down.
    • litter To make litter of; use for litter.
    • litter To bring forth; give birth to: said of mammals which usually produce a number at a birth, as the sow, cat, rabbit, bitch, etc., or slightingly of human beings.
    • litter To scatter things over or about in a careless or slovenly manner.
    • litter To be supplied with a bed or litter for bedding; sleep in litter: as, to litter in the straw.
    • litter To bring forth a litter of young animals.
    • n litter In forestry, the rubbish of dead leaves and twigs scattered upon the floor of the forest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average litter of Mexican wolves is between four and seven pups.
    • n Litter lit′ėr a heap of straw, &c., for animals to lie upon: materials for a bed: any scattered collection of objects, esp. of little value: a vehicle containing a bed for carrying about, a hospital stretcher: a brood of small quadrupeds
    • v.t Litter to cover or supply with litter: to scatter carelessly about: to give birth to (said of small animals)
    • v.i Litter to produce a litter or brood
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  • Ben C. Bradlee
    Ben C. Bradlee
    “The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. litière, LL. lectaria, fr. L. lectus, couch, bed. See Lie to be prostrated, and cf. Coverlet


In literature:

There lay Wren, senseless and still between the lashed ribs of his litter.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
The four litters stood ready.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
He began to scramble through the litter on the deck, kicking aside instruments that were nearly priceless, so delicately were they made.
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
The litter-bearers were sturdy fellows, and their staves were stout, but the contest was far too unequal.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
It was littered with rotting straw and plum stones and melon seeds.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
It was dark here in the grove; the litter of rotted leaves on the soft ground scrunched and swished under our tread.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
Livingstone was dangerously ill on this journey and had to be carried on a litter.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
All about was the litter of his preparation.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
I could see the interior litter beneath the dome, the twisted and strained lines of the hull.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The other, a white man, had been carried in on a litter.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

And fainter grew his smile and bitter,
And his face turned cold and grey,
While slow he sank down on the litter,
And strength's last bravery broke away.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
And fainter grew his smile and bitter,
And his face turned cold and grey,
While slow he sunk down on the litter,
And strength's last bravery broke away.
"Plough And Loom" by Ernest Jones
Meantime the stranger with a lamp,
Which lit the darkness, small and wan,
Searched where the mules did tramp and stamp,
Amid the litter and the damp,
For some small place to rest upon.
"A Legend Of Christ's Nativity" by Duncan Campbell Scott
You see that 'orse's tail, sir? You don't! no more do we,
Which really ain't surprisin', for 'e 'as no tail to see;
That engine wore it off 'im before master made it stop,
And all the road was litter'd like a bloomin' barber's shop.
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle
And when I return to Mobile I shall go by the way of
Panama and Bocas del Toro to the littered streets and
the one-room shacks of my old poverty, and blazing suns
of other lands may struggle then to reconcile the pride
and pain in me.
"Dark Blood" by Margaret Walker
Why, John, what a litter here! you've thrown things all around!
Come, what's the matter now? and what 've you lost or found?
And here's my father here, a-waiting for supper, too;
I've been a-riding with him--he's that "handsomer man than you."
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

I recently wrote about how much I love swimming in the lake, and how I sometimes see litter on the lake bottom when I'm offshore a couple hundred yards.
Styrofoam blows – and litters as it goes.
Beginning in the early 1960s, monumental objects ranging from giant fruit to prawns and pelicans began to litter the landscape of Australia.
PRC 's 'Take the Pledge Not To Litter' contest goes eco-friendly.
Total litter recordings for all eight breeds in the National Association of Swine Records (NASR) reported a 4.2% increase in 2010, compared to the previous year.
Halloween is past, and the world is still littered with pumpkins.
Forms+Surfaces Universal Litter & Recycling Receptacle .
The person was identified and fined for littering.
Members have been cleaning up litter as part of a new beautification.
Rodolfo Alberto Burbano, 53, was charged with Littering Hazardous Environmental Waste.
Between hauling caskets and cat litter, dancing at truck stops, and making friends with everyone she meets, Shannon Smith—a.k.a.
The surrounding stacks are empty of books, littered with dust and debris, and the giant marble columns are stained from water damage.
OK, so whose turn is it to change the boss' litter pan.
But this year, a few less unwanted litters will be entering animal shelter doors.
He is the only one out of the litter that survived.

In science:

The process Xκ (x) eventually becomes extinct if and only if the first litter is empty.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
The proofs carry over litterally to general W .
Constructible exponential functions, motivic Fourier transform and transfer principle
For instance, the investigation of pesticides in soil is restricted to cropland and the height of forest litter is restricted to silvicultural areas.
Random Marked Sets
Small phase aberrations in the incoming stellar wave front, arising from imperfections in the AO optics or the coronagraphic optics, can lead to a pattern of speckles that litter the image in the focal plane (e.g.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
More precisely, the organisms are incapable of living through successive reproduction cycles; an individual organism produces a litter of F offspring and immediately thereafter it dies.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?