What does list mean?

Definitions for listlɪst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word list.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. list, listing(noun)

    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

  2. tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaning(verb)

    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

    "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"

  3. list, name(verb)

    give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of

    "List the states west of the Mississippi"

  4. list(verb)

    include in a list

    "Am I listed in your register?"

  5. list, lean(verb)

    cause to lean to the side

    "Erosion listed the old tree"

  6. list, heel(verb)

    tilt to one side

    "The balloon heeled over"; "the wind made the vessel heel"; "The ship listed to starboard"

  7. number, list(verb)


    "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"

Webster Dictionary

  1. List(noun)

    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

  2. List(verb)

    to inclose for combat; as, to list a field

  3. List(verb)

    to hearken; to attend; to listen

  4. List(verb)

    to listen or hearken to

  5. List(verb)

    to desire or choose; to please

  6. List(verb)

    to lean; to incline; as, the ship lists to port

  7. List(noun)

    inclination; desire

  8. List(noun)

    an inclination to one side; as, the ship has a list to starboard

  9. List(noun)

    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

  10. List(noun)

    a limit or boundary; a border

  11. List(noun)

    the lobe of the ear; the ear itself

  12. List(noun)

    a stripe

  13. List(noun)

    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

  14. List(noun)

    a little square molding; a fillet; -- called also listel

  15. List(noun)

    a narrow strip of wood, esp. sapwood, cut from the edge of a plank or board

  16. List(noun)

    a piece of woolen cloth with which the yarns are grasped by a workman

  17. List(noun)

    the first thin coat of tin

  18. List(noun)

    a wirelike rim of tin left on an edge of the plate after it is coated

  19. List(verb)

    to sew together, as strips of cloth, so as to make a show of colors, or form a border

  20. List(verb)

    to cover with list, or with strips of cloth; to put list on; as, to list a door; to stripe as if with list

  21. List(verb)

    to enroll; to place or register in a list

  22. List(verb)

    to engage, as a soldier; to enlist

  23. List(verb)

    to cut away a narrow strip, as of sapwood, from the edge of; as, to list a board

  24. List(verb)

    to engage in public service by enrolling one's name; to enlist

  25. Origin: [See Listen.]


  1. List

    In computer science, a list or sequence is an abstract data type that implements an ordered collection of values, where the same value may occur more than once. An instance of a list is a computer representation of the mathematical concept of a finite sequence. Each instance of a value in the list is usually called an item, entry, or element of the list; if the same value occurs multiple times, each occurrence is considered a distinct item. The name list is also used for several concrete data structures that can be used to implement abstract lists, especially linked lists. The so-called static list structures allow only inspection and enumeration of the values. A mutable or dynamic list may allow items to be inserted, replaced, or deleted during the list's existence. Many programming languages provide support for list data types, and have special syntax and semantics for lists and list operations. A list can often be constructed by writing the items in sequence, separated by commas, semicolons, or spaces, within a pair of delimiters such as parentheses '', brackets, '[]', braces '{}', or angle brackets '⟨⟩'. Some languages may allow list types to be indexed or sliced like array types. In object-oriented programming languages, lists are usually provided as instances of subclasses of a generic "list" class. List data types are often implemented using arrays or linked lists of some sort, but other data structures may be more appropriate for some applications. In some contexts, such as in Lisp programming, the term list may refer specifically to a linked list rather than an array.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. List

    list, n. the selvage on woven textile fabrics: a stripe of any kind: (Shak.) a border.—adj. made of strips of woollen selvage. [A.S. líst; Ger. leiste.]

  2. List

    list, n. a catalogue, roll, or enumeration: a book, &c., containing a series of names of persons or things.—v.t. to place in a list or catalogue: to engage for the public service, as soldiers.—v.i. to enter the public service by enrolling one's name, to enlist.—Active list, the roll of soldiers on active service; Civil list (see Civil); Free list (see Free). [O. Fr. liste—Mid. High Ger. liste (Ger. leiste), border; A.S. líst, orig. same word as above.]

  3. List

    list, n. a line enclosing a piece of ground, esp. for combat: (pl.) the ground enclosed for a contest.—v.t. to enclose for a tournament.—Enter the lists, to engage in contest. [O. Fr. lisse (Fr. lice, It. lizza)—Low L. liciæ, barrier, perh. from L. licium, a thrum.]

  4. List

    list, v.i. to have pleasure in: to desire: to like or please: to choose: (naut.) to incline or heel over to one side.—v.t. to cause to careen or heel over.—n. such an inclination. [A.S. lystan, impers., please—lust, pleasure.]

  5. List

    list, v.t. and v.i. original form of listen: now poetical.—v.t. Listen (lis′n), to hear or attend to.—v.i. to give ear or hearken: to follow advice.—n. List′ener, one who listens or hearkens.—adjs. List′ful, attentive; List′less, having no desire or wish: careless: uninterested: weary: indolent.—adv. List′lessly.—n. List′lessness. [A.S. hlystanhlyst, hearing; Ice. hlusta.]

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  1. LIST

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'list' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #876

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'list' in Written Corpus Frequency: #727

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'list' in Nouns Frequency: #298

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'list' in Verbs Frequency: #435


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of list in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of list in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Debbie Milley:

    This was on our bucket list.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    You're on my list now, brother.

  3. Fatih Birol:

    China is at the top of the list.

  4. Marc Edwards:

    A-List Actor But F-List Scientist.

  5. Larry Hogan:

    We were on the No-Way-In-Hell list for the RGA.

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