What does list mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word list.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. list, listingnoun

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

  2. tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaningverb

    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, nameverb

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

    "List the states west of the Mississippi"

  4. listverb

    include in a list

    "Am I listed in your register?"

  5. list, leanverb

    cause to lean to the side

    "Erosion listed the old tree"

  6. list, heelverb

    tilt to one side

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

  7. number, listverb


    "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Listnoun

    Etymology: liste, French.

    He was the ablest emperor of all the list. Francis Bacon.

    Some say the loadstone is poison, and therefore in the lists of poisons we find it in many authors. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    Bring next the royal list of Stuarts forth,
    Undaunted minds, that rul’d the rugged north. Matthew Prior.

    The ocean, overpeering of his list,
    Eats not the flats with more impetuous haste
    Than young Laertes in a riotous head
    O’er-bears your officers. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    She within lists my ranging mind hath brought,
    That now beyond myself I will not go. Davies.

    Till now alone the mighty nations strove,
    The rest, at gaze, without the lists did stand;
    And threat’ning France, plac’d like a painted Jove,
    Kept idle thunder in his lifted hand. Dryden.

    Paris thy son, and Sparta’s king advance,
    In measur’d lists to toss the weighty lance;
    And who his rival shall in arms subdue,
    His be the dame, and his the treasure too. Alexander Pope, Iliad.

    Alas, she has no speech!
    —— Too much;
    I find it still when I have list to sleep. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Nothing of passion or peevishness, or list to contradict, shall have any bias on my judgment. Charles I .

    He saw false reynard where he lay full low;
    I need not swear he had no list to crow. Dryden.

    A linen stock on one leg, and a kersey boot hose on the other, gartered with a red and blue list. William Shakespeare.

    Instead of a list of cotton, or the like filtre, we made use of a siphon of glass. Boyle.

    A list the cobler’s temples ties,
    To keep the hair out of his eyes. Jonathan Swift.

    They thought it better to let them stand as a list, or marginal border, unto the Old Testament. Richard Hooker, b. v.

  2. To Listverb

    Etymology: from list, a roll.

    For a man to give his name to Christianity in those days, was to list himself a martyr, and to bid farewel not only to the pleasures, but also to the hopes of this life. South.

    They list with women each degen’rate name,
    Who dares not hazard life for future fame. John Dryden, Æn.

    The lords would, by listing their own servants, persuade the gentlemen in the town to do the like. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    The king who raised this wall appointed a million of soldiers, who were listed and paid for the defence of it against the Tartars. William Temple.

    Two hundred horse he shall command;
    Though few, a warlike and well-chosen band,
    These in my name are listed. Dryden.

    How dares your pride presume against my laws,
    As in a listed field to fight your cause?
    Unask’d the royal grant. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    Some may wonder at such an accumulation of benefits, like a kind of embroidering or listing of one favour upon another. Henry Wotton, Life of Buckingham.

    Then weigh, what loss your honour may sustain,
    If with too credent ear you list his songs;
    Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open
    To his unmaster’d importunity. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I, this sound I better know:
    List! I would I could hear mo. Ben Jonson.

  3. To Listverb

    To chuse; to desire; to be disposed; to incline.

    Etymology: lystan , Saxon.

    Let other men think of your devices as they list, in my judgment they be mere fansies. John Whitgift.

    Unto them that add to the word of God what them listeth, and make God’s will submit unto their will, and break God’s commandments for their own tradition’s sake, unto them it seemeth not good. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    They imagine, that laws which permit them not to do as they would, will endure them to speak as they list. Richard Hooker.

    To fight in field, or to defend this wall,
    Point what you list, I nought refuse at all. Fairy Queen.

    Now by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
    It shall be moon, or star, or what I list. William Shakespeare.

    Kings, lords of times, and of occasions, may
    Take their advantage when, and how, they list. Daniel.

    When they list, into the womb
    That bred them they return; and howl, and gnaw
    My bowels, their repast. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. list

    A list is a data structure or collection of items or values where each item or value holds a position or an index. The items in a list can be of any type (such as integers, strings, etc.) and can be changed or manipulated. Lists can be found in various programming languages like Python, Java, C++, and more. In general context, a list is a number of connected or related items written or printed consecutively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Listnoun

    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. Listverb

    to inclose for combat; as, to list a field

  3. Listverb

    to hearken; to attend; to listen

  4. Listverb

    to listen or hearken to

  5. Listverb

    to desire or choose; to please

  6. Listverb

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

  7. Listnoun

    inclination; desire

  8. Listnoun

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

  9. Listnoun

    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. Listnoun

    a limit or boundary; a border

  11. Listnoun

    the lobe of the ear; the ear itself

  12. Listnoun

    a stripe

  13. Listnoun

    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. Listnoun

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

  15. Listnoun

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

  16. Listnoun

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

  17. Listnoun

    the first thin coat of tin

  18. Listnoun

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

  19. Listverb

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

  20. Listverb

    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. Listverb

    to enroll; to place or register in a list

  22. Listverb

    to engage, as a soldier; to enlist

  23. Listverb

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

  24. Listverb

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

  25. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. list

    A roll of names, as the army and navy lists; but usually at sea it means the doctor's list. Also, the abbreviation for enlist. "Why did you list?" said when a man is grumbling who has entered a service voluntarily.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. list

    A roll or catalogue; as, the army-list, the pay list, etc.

  2. list

    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. To enter the lists, to accept a challenge, or engage in a contest.

  3. list

    To engage in the public service by enrolling one’s name, as soldiers; to inclose for combat; as, to list a field.

Editors Contribution

  1. list

    A typed note with the specific details, data or information to communicate and empower action or creation.

    They created the list of items they required and gratefully put them on a spreadsheet for their wedding.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. LIST

    What does LIST stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the LIST acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LIST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, List is ranked #8623 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The List surname appeared 3,814 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname List.

    95.2% or 3,633 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 86 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 32 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 31 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 13 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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

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  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

Examples of list in a Sentence

  1. Dorothy Parker:

    I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound - if I can remember any of the damn things.

  2. Varghese Yohannan:

    The books are real friends. Add them to the list of your best friends. They can be with us all time (happiness, sorrows, healthy, unhealthy, poor, wealthy, well salaried, jobless etc.. ). So keep them first name on your list. Even though I use them while in hospital beds only, they inspiring me.. inspiring only.

  3. Ed Dowd:

    Now Ed Dowd's being accused of stealing an email list from an organization Ed Dowd built ? give me a break. Not only did he create this list donor by donor, friend by friend, but the Mission Continues still has the list. The idea that this is a crime is absurd.

  4. Ed Dowd:

    Now he's being accused of stealing an email list from an organization he built? Give me a break, not only did he create this list donor, by donor, friend by friend, but (the charity) still has the list.

  5. Dallas County:

    He was put in the suspended ineligible list. There was human error, and that list was moved over to get the people who were under 50 onto the eligible list. They failed to scrub for people who were under 18.

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