Litter

Definition of Litter

Lit´ter   Pronunciation: lĭt´tẽrd
n.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.
- Swift.
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 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.
- D. Estrange.
Reflect upon that numerous litter of strange, senseless opinions that crawl about the world.
- South.
v. t.1.To supply with litter, as cattle; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall.
[imp. & p. p. Littered (lĭt"tẽrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Littering.]
Tell them how they litter their jades.
- Bp. Hackett.
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. Browne.
The son that she did litter here,
A freckled whelp hagborn.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.
The inn
Where he and his horse littered.
- Habington.
2.To produce a litter.
A desert . . . where the she-wolf still littered.
- Macaulay.

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