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List List, n. [AS. l[=i]st a list of cloth; akin to D. lijst, G. leiste, OHG. l[=i]sta, Icel. lista, listi, Sw. list, Dan. liste. In sense 5 from F. liste, of German origin, and thus ultimately the same word.] 1. 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. ``Gartered with a red and blue list.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A limit or boundary; a border. [1913 Webster]

The very list, the very utmost bound, Of all our fortunes. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The lobe of the ear; the ear itself. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. A stripe. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. [1913 Webster]

He was the ablest emperor of all the list. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

6. (Arch.) A little square molding; a fillet; -- called also {listel}. [1913 Webster]

7. (Carp.) A narrow strip of wood, esp. sapwood, cut from the edge of a plank or board. [1913 Webster]

8. (Rope Making) A piece of woolen cloth with which the yarns are grasped by a workman. [1913 Webster]

9. (Tin-plate Manuf.) (a) The first thin coat of tin. (b) A wirelike rim of tin left on an edge of the plate after it is coated. [1913 Webster]

{Civil list} (Great Britain & U.S.), the civil officers of government, as judges, ambassadors, secretaries, etc. Hence, the revenues or appropriations of public money for the support of the civil officers. More recently, the civil list, in England, embraces only the expenses of the reigning monarch's household.

{Free list}. (a) A list of articles admitted to a country free of duty. (b) A list of persons admitted to any entertainment, as a theater or opera, without payment, or to whom a periodical, or the like, is furnished without cost.

Syn: Roll; catalogue; register; inventory; schedule.

Usage: {List}, {Roll}, {Catalogue}, {Register}, {Inventory}, {Schedule}. A list is properly a simple series of names, etc., in a brief form, such as might naturally be entered in a narrow strip of paper. A roll was originally a list containing the names of persons belonging to a public body (as Parliament, etc.), which was rolled up and laid aside among its archives. A catalogue is a list of persons or things arranged in order, and usually containing some description of the same, more or less extended. A register is designed for record or preservation. An inventory is a list of articles, found on hand in a store of goods, or in the estate of a deceased person, or under similar circumstances. A schedule is a formal list or inventory prepared for legal or business purposes. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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