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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

(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

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.
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Clothing Over the bank holiday weekend, she got together a group of volunteers, made up of residents, to carry out a litter pick along the canals in Ettingshall and also on the streets.
Next we walked up to the academy and we found lots more litter. We used our litter pickers to reach under the school and picked up all of the litter that we could reach.
SNP MSP, Bruce Crawford, said: "Roadside litter is a mark on our beautiful countryside, and spectacular urban settings.
A comparison of high fertility Meishan pigs as compared to less-prolific European pigs enhance the specific role of uterine space, uterine capacity, surface and number of villuses and weight of placenta in determining the fetal growth and litter size (Wahner and Fischer, 2005; Fischer et al., 2005).
President about the importance of cleaning up litter from our environment.
Cats who fail to use their litter boxes or use them consistently can cause real distress for their owners.
THE RSPCA has declared a "war against litter" - as statistics show the heartbreaking impact of people's rubbish on animals in Leicestershire.
THE RSPCA has declared 'war against litter' as statistics show the impact of people's rubbish on animals in the West Midlands.
North Lanarkshire Council has called for dropping litter fines to be increased by PS20.
Fines for dropping litter should be increased to PS100.
Speaking prior to a litter picking exercise at Chobokwane on November 28, Ghanzi East Sub-council chairperson, Mr Dichaba Thupe stated that the growing frustration of littering left them with no choice, but to enforce the anti-littering law soon.