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litter

LIT'TER, n. [L. lectus, from the root of lego, Eng. lay.]

1. A vehicle formed with shafts supporting a bed between them, in which a person may be borne by men or by a horse. If by the latter, it is called a horse-litter. A similar vehicle in India is called a palanquin.

2. Straw, hay or other soft substance, used as a bed for horses and for other purposes.

3. A brood of young pigs, kittens, puppies or other quadrupeds. The word is applied only to certain quadrupeds of the smaller kinds.

4. A birth of pigs or other small animals.

5. Waste matters, shreds, fragments and the like, scattered on a floor or other clean place.

LIT'TER, v.t.

1. To bring forth young, as swine and other small quadrupeds. It is sometimes applied to human beings in contempt.

2. To scatter over carelessly with shreds, fragments and the like; as, to litter a room or a carpet.

3. To cover with straw or hay; as, to litter a stable.

4. To supply with litter; as to litter cattle.



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LIT'TER, n. [L. lectus, from the root of lego, Eng. lay.]

1. A vehicle formed with shafts supporting a bed between them, in which a person may be borne by men or by a horse. If by the latter, it is called a horse-litter. A similar vehicle in India is called a palanquin.

2. Straw, hay or other soft substance, used as a bed for horses and for other purposes.

3. A brood of young pigs, kittens, puppies or other quadrupeds. The word is applied only to certain quadrupeds of the smaller kinds.

4. A birth of pigs or other small animals.

5. Waste matters, shreds, fragments and the like, scattered on a floor or other clean place.

LIT'TER, v.t.

1. To bring forth young, as swine and other small quadrupeds. It is sometimes applied to human beings in contempt.

2. To scatter over carelessly with shreds, fragments and the like; as, to litter a room or a carpet.

3. To cover with straw or hay; as, to litter a stable.

4. To supply with litter; as to litter cattle.

LIT'TER, n. [Fr. litiere, from lit; contracted from L. lectus, from the root of lego, Eng. lay; It. lettica, or lettiga; Sp. litera; Port. liteira; Arm. leter.]

  1. A vehicle formed with shafts supporting a bed between them, in which a person may be borne by men or by a horse. If by the latter, it is called a horse-litter. A similar vehicle in India is called a palanquin.
  2. Straw, hay or other soft substance, used as a bed for horses and for other purposes.
  3. [Ice. lider, generation, from the root of lad, leod.] A brood of young pigs, kittens, puppies, or other quadrupeds. The word is applied only to certain quadrupeds, of the smaller kinds. [Qu. the root of lad.]
  4. A birth of pigs or other small animals.
  5. Waste matters, shreds, fragments and the like, scattered on a floor or, other clean place.

LIT'TER, v.t.

  1. To bring forth young, as swine and other small quadrupeds. It is sometimes applied to human beings in contempt.
  2. To scatter over carelessly with shreds, fragments and the like; as, to litter a room or a carpet. – Swift.
  3. To cover with straw or hay; as, to litter a stable. – Dryden.
  4. To supply with litter; as, to litter cattle.

Lit"ter
  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. 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.

  3. 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.
    Habington.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. To produce a litter.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Disorder or untidiness resulting from scattered rubbish, or from thongs lying about uncared for; as, a room in a state of litter.
  10. 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 that numerous litter of strange, senseless opinions that crawl about the world. South.

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Litter

LIT'TER, noun [Latin lectus, from the root of lego, Eng. lay.]

1. A vehicle formed with shafts supporting a bed between them, in which a person may be borne by men or by a horse. If by the latter, it is called a horse-litter. A similar vehicle in India is called a palanquin.

2. Straw, hay or other soft substance, used as a bed for horses and for other purposes.

3. A brood of young pigs, kittens, puppies or other quadrupeds. The word is applied only to certain quadrupeds of the smaller kinds.

4. A birth of pigs or other small animals.

5. Waste matters, shreds, fragments and the like, scattered on a floor or other clean place.

LIT'TER, verb transitive

1. To bring forth young, as swine and other small quadrupeds. It is sometimes applied to human beings in contempt.

2. To scatter over carelessly with shreds, fragments and the like; as, to litter a room or a carpet.

3. To cover with straw or hay; as, to litter a stable.

4. To supply with litter; as to litter cattle.

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