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LITTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does litter mean? 

LITTER (noun)
  The noun LITTER has 4 senses:

1. the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal
2. rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)
3. conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
4. material used to provide a bed for animals

  Familiarity information: LITTER used as a noun is uncommon.


LITTER (verb)
  The verb LITTER has 3 senses:

1. strew
2. make a place messy by strewing garbage around
3. give birth to a litter of animals

  Familiarity information: LITTER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LITTER (noun)


Sense 1litter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("litter" is a kind of...):

animal group (a group of animals)


Sense 2litter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("litter" is a kind of...):

rubbish; scrap; trash (worthless material that is to be disposed of)


Sense 3litter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("litter" is a kind of...):

conveyance; transport (something that serves as a means of transportation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "litter"):

covered couch (a litter with a cover for privacy)

palankeen; palanquin (a closed litter carried on the shoulders of four bearers)

sedan; sedan chair (a closed litter for one passenger)

stretcher (a litter for transporting people who are ill or wounded or dead; usually consists of a sheet of canvas stretched between two poles)


Sense 4litter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Material used to provide a bed for animals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bedding material; bedding; litter

Hypernyms ("litter" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)


LITTER (verb)


Sense 1litter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strew

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Cigar butts littered the ground

Hypernyms (to "litter" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2litter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a place messy by strewing garbage around

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "litter" is one way to...):

straw; strew (spread by scattering ()

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3litter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give birth to a litter of animals

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Hypernyms (to "litter" is one way to...):

bear; birth; deliver; give birth; have (cause_to_be_born)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "litter"):

cub (give birth to cubs)

pup; whelp (birth)

farrow; pig (give birth)

fawn (have fawns)

calve; have young (birth)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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