lists

[lists]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
an enclosed arena for a tilting contest.
2.
the barriers enclosing this arena.
3.
any place or scene of combat, competition, controversy, etc.
Idioms
4.
enter the lists, to involve oneself in a conflict or contest: to enter the lists against the protective tariff.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English listes, plural of liste list2

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list

1 [list]
noun
1.
a series of names or other items written or printed together in a meaningful grouping or sequence so as to constitute a record: a list of members.
3.
Computers. a series of records in a file.
4.
a complete record of stocks handled by a stock exchange.
5.
all of the books of a publisher that are available for sale.
6.
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verb (used with object)
7.
to set down together in a list; make a list of: to list the membership of a club.
8.
to enter in a list, directory, catalog, etc.: to list him among the members.
9.
to place on a list of persons to be watched, excluded, restricted, etc.
10.
Computers. to print or display in a list: Let's list the whole program and see where the bug is.
11.
to register (a security) on a stock exchange so that it may be traded there.
12.
Archaic. enlist.
verb (used without object)
13.
to be offered for sale, as in a catalog, at a specified price: This radio lists at $49.95.
14.
Archaic. enlist.

Origin:
1595–1605; special use of list2 (roll of names, perhaps orig. of contestants in the lists); compare French liste < Italian lista roll of names, earlier, band, strip (e.g., of paper), border < Old High German (German Leiste)


1. register. List, catalog, inventory, roll, schedule imply a definite arrangement of items. List denotes a series of names, items, or figures arranged in a row or rows: a list of groceries. Catalog adds the idea of alphabetical or other orderly arrangement, and, often, descriptive particulars and details: a library catalog. An inventory is a detailed descriptive list of property, stock, goods, or the like made for legal or business purposes: a store inventory. A roll is a list of names of members of some defined group often used to ascertain their presence or absence: a class roll. A schedule is a methodical (especially official) list, often indicating the time or sequence of certain events: a train schedule. 7. record, catalog. 8. enroll.

list

2 [list]
noun
1.
a border or bordering strip, usually of cloth.
2.
a selvage.
3.
selvages collectively.
4.
a strip of cloth or other material.
5.
a strip or band of any kind.
6.
a stripe of color.
7.
a division of the hair or beard.
8.
one of the ridges or furrows of earth made by a lister.
9.
a strip of material, as bark or sapwood, to be trimmed from a board.
10.
fillet ( def 6a ).
adjective
11.
made of selvages or strips of cloth.
verb (used with object)
12.
to produce furrows and ridges on (land) with a lister.
13.
to prepare (ground) for planting by making ridges and furrows.
14.
to cut away a narrow strip of wood from the edge of (a stave, plank, etc.).
15.
Obsolete. to apply a border or edge to.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English lista, Old English līst border; cognate with Dutch lijst, German Leiste (Old High German līsta)

list

3 [list]
noun
1.
a careening, or leaning to one side, as of a ship.
verb (used without object)
2.
(of a ship or boat) to incline to one side; careen: The ship listed to starboard.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause (a vessel) to incline to one side: The shifting of the cargo listed the ship to starboard.

Origin:
1620–30; origin uncertain


2, 3. tilt, slant, heel.

list

4 [list] Archaic.
verb (used with object)
1.
to please.
2.
to like or desire.
verb (used without object)
3.
to like; wish; choose.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English listen, lusten, Old English (ge)lystan to please; cognate with German gelüsten, Old Norse lysta to desire, akin to Gothic lustōn to desire. See lust

list

5 [list] Archaic.
verb (used without object)
1.
to listen.
verb (used with object)
2.
to listen to.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English listen, Old English hlystan to listen, hear, derivative of hlyst ear; cognate with Swedish lysta; akin to Old Norse hlusta to listen. See listen

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list1 (lɪst)
 
n
1.  an item-by-item record of names or things, usually written or printed one under the other
2.  computing a linearly ordered data structure
3.  be on the danger list to be in a critical medical or physical condition
 
vb
4.  (tr) to make a list of
5.  (tr) to include in a list
6.  (Brit) (tr) to declare to be a listed building
7.  (tr) stock exchange to obtain an official quotation for (a security) so that it may be traded on the recognized market
8.  an archaic word for enlist
 
[C17: from French, ultimately related to list²; compare Italian lista list of names (earlier: border, strip, as of paper), Old High German līsta border]
 
'listable1
 
adj

list2 (lɪst)
 
n
1.  a border or edging strip, esp of cloth
2.  a less common word for selvage
3.  a strip of bark, sapwood, etc, trimmed from a board or plank
4.  another word for fillet
5.  a strip, band, ridge or furrow
6.  agriculture a ridge in ploughed land formed by throwing two furrows together
 
vb
7.  to border with or as if with a list or lists
8.  agriculture to plough (land) so as to form lists
9.  to cut a list from (a board, plank, etc)
 
[Old English līst; related to Old High German līsta]

list3 (lɪst)
 
vb
1.  (esp of ships) to lean over or cause to lean over to one side
 
n
2.  the act or an instance of leaning to one side
 
[C17: origin unknown]

list4 (lɪst)
 
vb
1.  to be pleasing to (a person)
2.  (tr) to desire or choose
 
n
3.  a liking or desire
 
[Old English lystan; related to Old High German lusten and Gothic lūston to desire]

list5 (lɪst)
 
vb
an archaic or poetic word for listen
 
[Old English hlystan; related to Old Norse hlusta]

lists (lɪsts)
 
pl n
1.  history
 a.  the enclosed field of combat at a tournament
 b.  the barriers enclosing the field at a tournament
2.  any arena or scene of conflict, controversy, etc
3.  enter the lists to engage in a conflict, controversy, etc
 
[C14: plural of list² (border, boundary)]

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list
"catalogue consisting of names in a row or series," 1602, from M.E. liste "border, edging, stripe" (c.1280), from O.Fr. liste "border, band, row, group," also "strip of paper," or from O.It. lista "border, strip of paper, list," both from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. lista "strip, border, list," O.N. lista
"border, selvage," O.E. liste "border"), from P.Gmc. *liston, from PIE *leizd- "border, band." The sense of "enumeration" is from strips of paper used as a sort of catalogue. The O.E. word survives in archaic lists "place of combat," at the boundary of fields.

list
"tilt, lean," especially of a ship, 1880, earlier (1626) lust, of unknown origin, perhaps an unexplained spelling variant of M.E. lysten "to please, desire, wish, like" (see listless) with a sense development on the notion of "leaning" toward what one desires (cf. incline).

list
"hear, hearken," now poetic or obsolete, from O.E. hlystan "hear, hearken," from hlyst "hearing," from P.Gmc. *khlustiz, from PIE *kleu- "to hear" (see listen).
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Example sentences
Each organization lists plants meeting stringent performance standards.
And backyard beekeeping is so popular that local bee guilds have waiting lists
  hundreds of names long.
In each of the foregoing lists an effort has been made to exclude all items of
  doubtful authenticity.
Today's military reading lists have a more pragmatic bent.
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