objects strewn or scattered about; scattered rubbish.
a condition of disorder or untidiness:
We were appalled at the litter of the room.
a number of young brought forth by a multiparous animal at one birth:
a litter of six kittens.
a framework of cloth stretched between two parallel bars, for the transportation of a sick or wounded person; stretcher.
a vehicle carried by people or animals, consisting of a bed or couch, often covered and curtained, suspended between shafts.
straw, hay, or the like, used as bedding for animals or as protection for plants.
the layer of slightly decomposed organic material on the surface of the floor of the forest.
to strew (a place) with scattered objects, rubbish, etc.:
to be fined for littering the sidewalk.
to scatter (objects) in disorder:
They littered their toys from one end of the playroom to the other.
to be strewn about (a place) in disorder (often followed by up):
Bits of paper littered the floor.
to give birth to (young), as a multiparous animal.
to supply (an animal) with litter for a bed.
to use (straw, hay, etc.) for litter.
to cover (a floor or other area) with straw, hay, etc., for litter.
to give birth to a litter:
The cat had littered in the closet.
to strew objects about:
If you litter, you may be fined.
pick of the litter,
the best or choicest of the animals, especially puppies, in a litter.
the best of any class, group, or available selection.
small refuse or waste materials carelessly dropped, esp in public places
(as modifier): litter bin
a disordered or untidy condition or a collection of objects in this condition
a group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal such as a sow
a layer of partly decomposed leaves, twigs, etc, on the ground in a wood or forest
straw, hay, or similar material used as bedding, protection, etc, by animals or plants
See cat litter
a means of conveying people, esp sick or wounded people, consisting of a light bed or seat held between parallel sticks
to make (a place) untidy by strewing (refuse)
to scatter (objects, etc) about or (of objects) to lie around or upon (anything) in an untidy fashion
(of pigs, cats, etc) to give birth to (offspring)
(transitive) to provide (an animal or plant) with straw or hay for bedding, protection, etc
c.1300, “a bed,” also “bed-like vehicle carried on men’s shoulders” (early 14c.), from Anglo-French litere “portable bed,” Old French litiere “litter, stretcher, bier; straw, bedding,” from Medieval Latin lectaria “litter” (altered in French by influence of lit “bed”), from Latin lectus “bed, couch,” from PIE *legh-to-, from root *legh- “to lie” (see lie (v.2)).
Meaning extended early 15c. to “straw used for bedding” (early 14c. in Anglo-French) and late 15c. to “offspring of an animal at one birth” (in one bed); sense of “scattered oddments, disorderly debris” is first attested 1730, probably from Middle English verb literen “provide with bedding” (late 14c.), with notion of strewing straw. Litter by 19c. had come to mean both the straw bedding and the animal waste in it after use.
late 14c., “provide with bedding,” from litter (n.). Meaning “to strew with objects” is from 1713. Transitive sense of “to scatter in a disorderly way” is from 1731. Related: Littered; littering.
litter lit·ter (lĭt’ər)
A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
The offspring produced at one birth by a multiparous mammal. Also called brood.
(Heb. tsab, as being lightly and gently borne), a sedan or palanquin for the conveyance of persons of rank (Isa. 66:20). In Num. 7:3, the words “covered wagons” are more literally “carts of the litter kind.” There they denote large and commodious vehicles drawn by oxen, and fitted for transporting the furniture of the temple.
a form of public worship; ritual. a collection of formularies for public worship. a particular arrangement of services. a particular form or type of the Eucharistic service. the service of the Eucharist, especially this service (Divine Liturgy) in the Eastern Church. Contemporary Examples Instead of pelting me with liturgy, he dialed it back a bit. […]
adjective supportive of national sovereignty Examples The anti-Maastrichtian group seeks to restore British “freedom.” Word Origin The Maastricht Treaty of 1991 sought economic and political unity within the European Community, considered by some to endanger national sovereignty. Usage Note politics
of or relating to the theories of T. R. , which state that population tends to increase faster, at a geometrical ratio, than the means of subsistence, which increases at an arithmetical ratio, and that this will result in an inadequate supply of the goods supporting life unless war, famine, or disease reduces the population […]
preventing, curing, or palliating the symptoms of mania. Pharmacology. a pharmacological substance used to treat mania, as lithium.