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list Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
  2. noun the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    tilt; lean; leaning; inclination.
    • the tower had a pronounced tilt
    • the ship developed a list to starboard
    • he walked with a heavy inclination to the right
  3. verb give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of
    • List the states west of the Mississippi
  4. verb include in a list
    • Am I listed in your register?
  5. verb cause to lean to the side
    • Erosion listed the old tree
  6. verb tilt to one side
    • The balloon heeled over
    • the wind made the vessel heel
    • The ship listed to starboard
  7. verb enumerate
    • We must number the names of the great mathematicians

List noun
F. lice, LL. liciae, pl., from L. licium thread, girdle.
  1. A line inclosing or forming the extremity of a piece of ground, or field of combat; hence, in the plural (lists), the ground or field inclosed for a race or combat. Chaucer.
    In measured lists to toss the weighty lance. Pope.
List transitive verb
  1. To inclose for combat; as, to list a field.
List intransitive verb
See Listen.
  1. To hearken; to attend; to listen. Obs. except in poetry.
    Stand close, and list to him. Shak.
List transitive verb
  1. To listen or hearken to.
    Then weigh what loss your honor may sustain, If with too credent ear you list his songs. Shak.
List intransitive verb
OE. listen, lusten, AS. lystan, from lust pleasure. See Lust.
  1. To desire or choose; to please.
    The wind bloweth where it listeth. John iii. 8.
    Them that add to the Word of God what them listeth. Hooker.
    Let other men think of your devices as they list. Whitgift.
  2. (Naut.) To lean; to incline; as, the ship lists to port.
List noun
  1. Inclination; desire. Obs. Chaucer.
  2. (Naut.) An inclination to one side; as, the ship has a list to starboard.
List noun
AS. list a list of cloth; akin to D. lijst, G. leiste, OHG. lista,Icel. lista, listi, Sw. list, Dan. liste. In sense 5 from F. liste, of German origin, and thus ultimately the same word.
  1. A strip forming the woven border or selvedge of cloth, particularly of broadcloth, and serving to strengthen it; hence, a strip of cloth; a fillet. " Gartered with a red and blue list. " Shak.
  2. A limit or boundary; a border.
    The very list, the very utmost bound, Of all our fortunes. Shak.
  3. The lobe of the ear; the ear itself. Obs. Chaucer.
  4. A stripe. Obs. Sir T. Browne.
  5. A roll or catalogue, that is row or line; a record of names; as, a list of names, books, articles; a list of ratable estate.
    He was the ablest emperor of all the list. Bacon.
  6. (Arch.) A little square molding; a fillet; -- called also listel.
  7. (Carp.) A narrow strip of wood, esp. sapwood, cut from the edge of a plank or board.
  8. (Rope Making) A piece of woolen cloth with which the yarns are grasped by a workman.
  9. (Tin-plate Manuf.) (a) The first thin coat of tin. (b) A wirelike rim of tin left on an edge of the plate after it is coated. Syn. -- Roll; catalogue; register; inventory; schedule. -- List, Boll, Catalogue, Register, Inventory, Schedule. Alist is properly a simple series of names, etc., in a brief form, such as might naturally be entered in a narrow strip of paper. A roll was originally a list containing the names of persons belonging to a public body (as Parliament, etc.), which was rolled up and laid aside among its archives. A catalogue is a list of persons or things arranged in order, and usually containing some description of the same, more or less extended. A register is designed for record or preservation. An inventory is a list of articles, found on hand in a store of goods, or in the estate of a deceased person, or under similar circumstances. A schedule is a formal list or inventory prepared for legal or business purposes.
List transitive verb
From list a roll.
imperfect & past participle Listed; present participle & verbal noun Listing
  1. To sew together, as strips of cloth, so as to make a show of colors, or form a border. Sir H. Wotton.
  2. To cover with list, or with strips of cloth; to put list on; as, to list a door; to stripe as if with list.
    The tree that stood white-listed through the gloom. Tennyson.
  3. To enroll; to place or register in a list.
    Listed among the upper serving men. Milton.
  4. To engage, as a soldier; to enlist.
    I will list you for my soldier. Sir W. Scott.
  5. (Carp.) To cut away a narrow strip, as of sapwood, from the edge of; as, to list a board. to put it on a list of stocks which may be traded on a specific stock exchange
List intransitive verb
  1. To engage in public service by enrolling one's name; to enlist.

Webster 1913