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lit·ter

(lit'ĕr),
1. A stretcher or portable couch for moving the sick or injured.
2. A group of animals of the same parents, born at the same time. Synonym(s): brood (1)
[Fr. litière; fr. lit, bed]

litter

/lit·ter/ (lit´er) stretcher.

litter

(lĭt′ər)
n.
1. The group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal.
2. A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
v. lit·tered, lit·tering, lit·ters
v.tr.
1. To give birth to (a litter).
2. To make untidy by discarding rubbish carelessly: Someone had littered the beach with food wrappers.
3. To scatter about: littered towels all over the locker room.
4. To be scattered about (an area): "A lot of torn envelopes and open letters littered his bed" (Joseph Conrad).
5. To include certain items such as expressions throughout (a speech or piece of writing, for example): littered his letters with the names of powerful friends.
6. Archaic To supply (animals) with litter for bedding or floor covering.
v.intr.
1. To give birth to a litter.
2. To scatter litter.

lit′ter·er n.

litter

Etymology: Fr, lit, bed
a stretcher.

litter

Military medicine A mobile bed for transporting wounded military personnel Vox populi Trash strewn in a public or open place

lit·ter

(lit'ĕr)
1. A stretcher or portable couch for moving the sick or injured.
2. A group of animals of the same parents, born at the same time.
[Fr. litière; fr. lit, bed]

litter

  1. any material aggregated on the surface of soil from above-ground vegetation.
  2. the offspring produced at any one time by a mammal.

litter

1. the group of neonates, products of one gestation, provided the average number is in excess of two.
2. dry particulate material used for bedding or as absorptive layer under animals or periodically by the animal to absorb urine and dry out feces. Dry litter system for poultry and litter for cats to use for urination and defecation while indoors.

litter size
the number of young in a litter is an important statistic in pigs because of the need to maximize the output of piglets per sow per year.
litter tray
the container, usually broad with low sides, that holds some absorbent material; used by indoor cats for urination and defecation.
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This strategy intends to challenge and change the attitude of people who consider that littering is an acceptable behavior.
It seems that drawing attention to the cigarette litter issue caused our visitors to take note of all their littering habits and act accordingly.
There will be no excuse littering and every pupil will be aware of the consequences of littering both in terms of clean up costs and also the effect on the local environment.
If not, we will be issuing fixed penalty fines of pounds 75 for littering offences to young people as well as adults in the Tamworth area.
The cases were brought against residents who had failed to pay fixed penalty fines issued for littering open spaces around the borough.
Between April and July this year, more than 290 fixed penalty notices for littering were issued.
In the first three months of this year 43 people were fined pounds 50 by the city council for littering The council also plans to name and shame people who refuse to pay the fines.
City centre neighbourhood manager Mike Cockburn, said the situation on littering was improving but there was no room for 'complacency'.
Mrs Lord added: "By bringing in tough new rules for people to follow, hopefully they will have an impact on the litter louts, helping to combat littering once and for all.
Tobacco products, including cigarette butts, are the most-littered item in America, representing nearly 38 percent of all items, according to "Litter in America," KAB's landmark 2009 study of litter and littering behavior.
The fine for littering is pounds 80 and some people don't even realise things like cigarette butts are litter, but they are.
But the amount of plastic littering Britain's beaches is at its highest level since records began, according to the Marine Conservation Society's Beach watch 2007 survey report.