list

Definitions

General English

  • noun a number of things such as names or addresses, written or said one after another
  • verb to say or to write a number of things one after the other

General Science

  • noun a set of short pieces of information, each one given on a separate line
  • verb to record, display or print a set of items one above the other

Aviation

  • noun a series of names, words, things to do, etc., arranged one after the other in a vertical column

Computing

  • noun a series of ordered items of data
  • verb to print or display certain items of information

Electronics

  • A series or number of items, objects, words, or the like, which appear together. Also, to make such a list. Also, to enter into such a list. For example, a print queue, or the adding of a file to a print queue.
  • A data structure with multiple elements organized in a given order. The items in a list may also be lists themselves.

Law

  • noun a set of several items written one after the other
  • noun a particular court to which cases are allocated according to their subject
  • verb to decide on the date at which a case will be heard

Publishing

  • noun a series of items written down usually one under the other

Real Estate

  • verb to state officially that a building is one of a group that cannot be demolished or altered without government permission because they are of special architectural or historical importance

Origin & History of “list”

over the centuries, English has had no fewer than five different words list, only two of which are now in everyday common usage. List ‘catalogue’ (17th c.) was borrowed from French liste ‘band, border, strip of paper, catalogue’. this goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *līstōn, source also of English list ‘border, strip’ (OE), which now survives only in the plural lists ‘tournament arena’. List ‘tilt’ (17th c.) is of unknown origin. List ‘listen’ (OE), which goes back to Indo-European *klu-, has been replaced by the related listen. And the archaic list ‘desire’ (OE) (source of listless (15th c.)) goes back to the same source as lust.
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