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definition of the word list

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Old English līste. Cognate with Dutch lijst, German Leiste.

Singular
list

Plural
lists

list (plural lists)

  1. A strip of fabric, especially from the edge of a piece of cloth.
  2. Material used for cloth selvage.
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty, Norton 2005, page 681:  
      The charwomen are in the habit of taking off their boots at the commissionaire's office, and putting on list slippers.
  3. (in plural) The palisades or barriers used to fence off a space for tilting or jousting tournaments.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:  
      William de Wyvil, and Stephen de Martival, [...] armed at all points, rode up and down the lists to enforce and preserve good order among the spectators.

From Old (and modern) French liste ‘strip (of paper)’, probably cognate with Etymology 1, from Germanic.

Singular
list

Plural
lists

list (plural lists)

  1. A register or roll of paper consisting of an enumeration or compilation of a set of possible items.
  2. (computing) A codified representation of a list, used to store data or in processing.
  3. (programming) (LISP) a data structure made up of cons pairs the cdr of which contains either another list or nil.


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