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Definition of litter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] small pieces of garbage such as paper, cans, and bottles, that people have left lying in a public place There will be fines for people who drop litter.
  2. 2[singular] litter of something a number of things that are lying in a messy way The floor was covered with a litter of newspapers, clothes, and empty cups.
  3. 3[uncountable] a dry substance that is put in a shallow open box for pets, especially cats, to use as a toilet when they are indoors cat litter a litter box
  4. 4[countable] a number of baby animals that one mother gives birth to at the same time a litter of puppies the runt (= the smallest and weakest baby) of the litter
  5. 5[uncountable] the substance, especially straw, that is used for farm animals to sleep on
  6. 6[countable] a kind of chair or bed that was used in the past for carrying important people
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