|1.||a. small refuse or waste materials carelessly dropped, esp in public places|
|b. (as modifier): litter bin|
|2.||a disordered or untidy condition or a collection of objects in this condition|
|3.||a group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal such as a sow|
|4.||a layer of partly decomposed leaves, twigs, etc, on the ground in a wood or forest|
|5.||straw, hay, or similar material used as bedding, protection, etc, by animals or plants|
|6.||See cat litter|
|7.||a means of conveying people, esp sick or wounded people, consisting of a light bed or seat held between parallel sticks|
|8.||to make (a place) untidy by strewing (refuse)|
|9.||to scatter (objects, etc) about or (of objects) to lie around or upon (anything) in an untidy fashion|
|10.||(of pigs, cats, etc) to give birth to (offspring)|
|11.||(tr) to provide (an animal or plant) with straw or hay for bedding, protection, etc|
|[C13 (in the sense: bed): via Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin lectus bed]|
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.
portable bed or couch, open or enclosed, that is mounted on two poles and carried at each end on the shoulders of porters or by animals. Litters, which may have been adapted from sledges that were pushed or dragged on the ground, appear in Egyptian paintings and were used by the Persians; they are mentioned in the Book of Isaiah. Litters were also common in the Orient, where they were called palanquins. In ancient Rome, litters were reserved for empresses and senators' wives, and plebeians were forbidden to travel in them. By the 17th century, litters were plentiful in Europe; protection and privacy were provided by canopies held up by poles and by curtains or leather shields. The introduction of spring-mounted coaches ended the need for litters except as transport for the sick and wounded.
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