|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|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.
pick of the litter
The best of a group, as in He was first in the ticket line so he had the pick of the litter. This term, alluding to the most desirable one from a litter of puppies or kittens, supplanted such earlier variants as pick of the market, pick of the parish, and pick of the basket. [Early 1900s]