from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disorderly accumulation of objects; a pile.
- n. Carelessly discarded refuse, such as wastepaper: the litter in the streets after a parade.
- n. The offspring produced at one birth by a multiparous mammal. See Synonyms at flock1.
- n. Material, such as straw, used as bedding for animals.
- n. An absorbent material, such as granulated clay, for covering the floor of an animal's cage or excretory box.
- n. An enclosed or curtained couch mounted on shafts and used to carry a single passenger.
- n. A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
- n. The uppermost layer of the forest floor consisting chiefly of fallen leaves and other decaying organic matter.
- transitive v. To give birth to (a litter).
- transitive v. To make untidy by discarding rubbish carelessly: Selfish picnickers litter the beach with food wrappers.
- transitive v. To scatter about: littered towels all over the locker room.
- transitive v. To supply (animals) with litter for bedding or floor covering.
- intransitive v. To give birth to a litter.
- intransitive v. To scatter litter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.
- n. The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.
- n. Material used as bedding for animals.
- n. Collectively, items discarded on the ground.
- n. Absorbent material used in an animal's litter tray
- n. Layer of fallen leaves and similar organic matter in a forest floor.
- v. To drop or throw trash without properly disposing of it (as discarding in public areas rather than trash receptacles).
- v. To give birth to, used of animals.
- v. To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.
- v. To produce a litter of young.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bed or stretcher so arranged that a person, esp. a sick or wounded person, may be easily carried in or upon it.
- n. Straw, hay, etc., scattered on a floor, as bedding for animals to rest on; also, a covering of straw for plants.
- n. Things lying scattered about in a manner indicating slovenliness; scattered rubbish.
- n. Disorder or untidiness resulting from scattered rubbish, or from thongs lying about uncared for.
- n. The young brought forth at one time, by a cat, dog, sow or other multiparous animal, taken collectively. Also Fig.
- intransitive v. To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.
- intransitive v. To produce a litter.
- transitive v. To supply with litter, as cattle; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall.
- transitive v. To put into a confused or disordered condition; to strew with scattered articles.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To carry in a litter.
- To scatter straw, hay, or other similar substance on or over for bedding.
- To spread a bed for; supply with litter: usually with down.
- To make litter of; use for 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.
- To scatter things over or about in a careless or slovenly manner.
- To be supplied with a bed or litter for bedding; sleep in litter: as, to litter in the straw.
- To bring forth a litter of young animals.
- n. A vehicle consisting of a bed or couch suspended between shafts, and borne by men or horses.
- n. 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.
- n. A birth or bringing forth of more than one young animal at a time, as of pigs, kittens, rabbits, puppies, etc.
- n. 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. Loose straw, hay, or the like, spread on a floor or the ground as bedding for horses, cows, or other animals.
- n. 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. A condition of disorder or confusion: as, the room is in a litter.
- n. In forestry, the rubbish of dead leaves and twigs scattered upon the floor of the forest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
- n. material used to provide a bed for animals
- v. strew
- n. rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)
- v. make a place messy by strewing garbage around
- n. the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal
- v. give birth to a litter of animals
We're knee deep in litter from the plastering of the walls.
Now, when the word litter appears in the text, it is prefaced with "can become" or is used as a verb. key statistics in the text to reflect the American Chemistry Council's preferred numbers.
In fact, the runt of the litter is our No. 1 ranked netminder: Jean-Francois Berube at just 6-1 and a slender 166 pounds.
I think my pick of the litter is the cover of Schroeder's Sun of Suns, which also happens to be a fantastic book.
Picked up a wooden hamper/bench unit from Wal-Mart, cut an arch on one end (off-center to the right), cut a piece of 1cm grid plastic (used on many recessed fluorescent lights) from Home Depot to fit the inside bottom of the hamper to catch litter from the cats feet.
Reece says later he was one minute from having the crew carry the patient to the emergency room themselves, even though running that distance with a trauma patient on a litter is just about the last thing you want to do.
Cats are definitely more agile with their paws than a dog is, and they can go in litter boxes, eliminating the need for a daily walking.
That evening I saw Agnès 'brother snapping up litter from the uneven cobblestone paths of our village.
I agree with Buckeye, litter is a pain in the @$$ along with the inconsiderate jerks who leave it on the bank or throw it in the water.
Yes, litter is the worst especially those people who look back at their litter as they leave.