Descendant vs Litter - What's the difference?

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Descendant is a related term of litter.


As nouns the difference between descendant and litter

is that descendant is (literally) one who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations while litter is (countable) a platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.

As an adjective descendant

is descending from a biological ancestor.

As a verb litter is

to drop or throw trash without properly disposing of it (as discarding in public areas rather than trash receptacles).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

descendant

English

Adjective

(-)
  • descending from a biological ancestor.
  • proceeding from a figurative ancestor or source.
  • Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Alternative forms

    * descendent

    Antonyms

    * ascendant, ascendent, ascending

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (literally) One who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.
  • ''The patriarch survived many descendants : five children, a dozen grandchildren, even a great grandchild.
  • (figuratively) A thing that derives directly from a given precursor or source.
  • ''This famous medieval manuscript has many descendants .
  • (biology) A later evolutionary type.
  • ''Dogs evolved as descendants of early wolves.
  • (linguistics) A language that is descended from another.
  • English and Scots are the descendants of Old English.
  • (linguistics) A word or form in one language that is descended from a counterpart in an ancestor language.
  • * 1993 , Jens Elmegård Rasmussen, “The Slavic i''-verbs with an excursus on the Indo-European ''?''-verbs”, in Bela Brogyanyi and Reiner Lipp (editors), ''Comparative-Historical Linguistics , John Benjamins Publishing, ISBN 978-90-272-3598-5, page 479:
  • The direct descendant of this form is the Slavic aorist: Sb.-Cr. n?s?'', ''d?nos? .

    Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Synonyms

    * * *

    Antonyms

    * ascendant * ancestor * forebear

    Derived terms

    * direct descendant * indirect descendant

    See also

    * offspring * offshoot * progeny ----

    litter

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia litter)
  • (countable) A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.
  • * Shakespeare
  • There is a litter ready; lay him in 't.
  • (countable) The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.
  • * D. Estrange
  • A wolf came to a sow, and very kindly offered to take care of her litter .
  • (uncountable) Material used as bedding for animals.
  • (uncountable) Collectively, items discarded on the ground.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Strephon / Stole in, and took a strict survey / Of all the litter as it lay.
  • (uncountable) Absorbent material used in an animal's litter tray
  • (uncountable) Layer of fallen leaves and similar organic matter in a forest floor.
  • A covering of straw for plants.
  • * Evelyn
  • Take off the litter from your kernel beds.

    Synonyms

    * (platform designed to carry a person or a load): palanquin, sedan chair, stretcher, cacolet * (items discarded on the ground): waste, rubbish, garbage (US), trash (US), junk

    Derived terms

    * cat litter * litter bin * litter bug, litterbug * litter frog

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To drop or throw trash without properly disposing of it (as discarding in public areas rather than trash receptacles).
  • * By tossing the bottle out the window, he was littering .
  • To strew with scattered articles.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • the room with volumes littered round
  • To give birth to, used of animals.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • We might conceive that dogs were created blind, because we observe they were littered so with us.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The son that she did litter here, / A freckled whelp hagborn.
  • To produce a litter of young.
  • * Macaulay
  • A desert where the she-wolf still littered .
  • To supply (cattle etc.) with litter; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall.
  • * Bishop Hacke
  • Tell them how they litter their jades.
  • * Dryden
  • For his ease, well littered was the floor.
  • To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.
  • * Habington
  • The inn where he and his horse littered .

    Derived terms

    * litterer

    Anagrams

    * ---- ==Jèrriais==

    Verb

    (roa-jer-verb)
  • to wrestle
  • Derived terms

    *