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Header of List


List appears in the following tongue twister:

  • A singly circularly linked list.

List appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Rae, don’t list silt… no, dear.
  • Are ponies’ units I list in use in opera?
  • Hero, protonemal bits I list… I blame no torpor, eh?
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun list:

conversational speech31.6%task-oriented speech68.4%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun list:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb list:


List is sometimes a misspelling of last.

The word list is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun list

What does list mean as a name of something?

List is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: lists

  1. a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of list: listing
    • more generic word: database = an organized body of related information
    • more specific terms:
      • order of business / agendum / agenda = a list of matters to be taken up
      • A-list = a list of names of specially favored people
      • bibliography = a list of writings with time and place of publication
      • bill = a list of particulars
      • black book / blacklist / shitlist = a list of people who are out of favor
      • calendar = a list or register of events
      • calorie chart = a list of foods and information about their caloric content
      • canon = a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
      • catalogue / catalog = a complete list of things
      • character set = an ordered list of characters that are used together in writing or printing
      • chart = a listing of best-selling recorded music
      • checklist = a list of items (names or tasks etc.) to be checked or consulted
      • honours list / class list = a list issued by examiners that categorizes students according to the class of honours they achieved in their degree examinations
      • codex = an official list of chemicals or medicines etc.
      • table of contents / contents = a list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start
      • corrigenda = a list of printing errors in a book along with their corrections
      • credits = a list of acknowledgements of those who contributed to the creation of a film
      • criminal record / record = a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted
      • directory = a listing of the files stored in memory
      • distribution list = list of names to whom a communication should be sent
      • enumeration / numbering = a numbered list
      • FAQ = a list of questions that are frequently asked (about a given topic) along with their answers
      • free list = a list of commodities that are not subject to tariffs
      • shopping list / grocery list = a list of heterogenous items that someone wants
      • hit list = a list of victims to be eliminated
      • hit parade = a ranked list of the songs that are most popular at a given time
      • index = an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed
      • key = a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
      • key = a list of answers to a test
      • stock list / inventory = a detailed list of all the items in stock
      • mailing list = a list of names and addresses to which advertising material is mailed
      • masthead / flag = a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.
      • computer menu / menu = a list of options available to a computer user
      • necrology = a list of people who died recently
      • play list / playlist = a list of musical selections for performance or for broadcast by radio
      • portfolio = a list of the financial assets held by an individual or a bank or other financial institution
      • posting = a listing on the company's records
      • price list = a listing of prices for different goods or services
      • push-down stack / push-down list / stack = a list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored
      • queue = an ordered list of tasks to be performed or messages to be transmitted
      • roster / roll = a list of names
      • schedule = an ordered list of times at which things are planned to occur
      • shopping list = a list of items to be purchased
      • short list / shortlist = a list of applicants winnowed from a longer list who have been deemed suitable and from which the successful person will be chosen
      • sick list = a list of those who are ill
      • ticket / slate = a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
      • standing = an ordered listing of scores or results showing the relative positions of competitors (individuals or teams) in a sporting event
      • wish list = a list of events that you wish would occur
    • part: point / item = a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
  2. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    • example: the ship developed a list to starboard
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of list: inclination / lean / leaning / tilt
    • more generic terms: position / spatial relation = the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

Alternative definition of the noun list


  1. A strip of fabric, especially from the edge of a piece of cloth.
  2. Material used for cloth selvage.
  3. [in the plural] The palisades or barriers used to fence off a space for tilting or jousting tournaments.
  4. A register or roll of paper consisting of an enumeration or compilation of a set of possible items.
  5. [computing, programming] A codified representation of a list, used to store data or in processing; especially, in the LISP programming language, a data structure consisting of a sequence of zero or more items.
  6. [nautical] a tilting or careening manoeuvre, which causes the ship to roll. Usually used to describe tilting not under a ship's own power.
  7. [architecture] a tilt to a building.

Definition of the verb list

What does list mean as a doing word?

List is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: listed | listing | lists

  1. give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of
  2. include in a list
    • example: Am I listed in your register?
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: register = record in writing
    • more specific terms:
  3. cause to lean to the side
    • example: Erosion listed the old tree
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of list: lean
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. tilt to one side
    • example: The ship listed to starboard
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of list: heel
    • more generic words: angle / lean / slant / tilt / tip = to incline or bend from a vertical position
  5. enumerate
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of list: number
    • more generic words: identify / name = give the name or identifying characteristics of
    • more specific words: itemise / itemize = place on a list of items

Phrases with List

Phrases starting with the word List:

  1. List 99
  2. List box

Phrases ending with the word List:

  1. a-list
  2. B-List
  3. Z-List
  4. hit list
  5. Red List
  6. Set list
  7. free list
  8. Goat List
  9. Jump List
  10. play list
  11. sick list
  12. stop list
  13. Want list
  14. Wine list
  15. wish list
  16. Civil List
  17. class list
  18. Clout List

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for List

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Google previewHandbook of Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics (1999)

by Kenneth H. Rosen

A one-way linked list is a set of cells, each with one pointer, such that: q exactly one of these cells is pointed to by the header but by no cell; q exactly one cell contains...

Google previewLogical Aspects of Computational Linguistics (2005)

5th International Conference, LACL 2005, Bordeaux, France, April 28-30, 2005, Proceedings by Philippe Blache, Edward Stabler, Joan Busquets, Richard Moot

Finally, a ha-argument V1 +V2 +V3∧ is a syntagmatic argument whose heads list is the concatenation of V1 and the...

Google previewMarketing Communications (1910)

Your mailing list is a prolific source of profit or of expense.

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

V ----- — □ --□ - □ 111 J m*maOF'l LIST OF PLATES .

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

List of Absorbing Crystals with Two Axe III.- -The following Table shows the Characters of the Tints in Crystals with Two Aid which have not been examined in every azimuth. In the last eight crystals of the preceding table the tints are not given ...

Google previewA Cultural Journey through the English Lexicon (2011)

by Roberta Facchinetti

LIST: VOCABULARY. SELECTION. BEYOND. FREQUENCY. ANDREA. NAVA. AND. LUCIANA. PEDRAZZINI. (UNIVERSITY OF MILAN) Introduction Attempts to define a core vocabulary for a second language can be traced back to a variety ...

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Quotes about List

I printed a list of Irish names from the Internet and my husband, Dave, saw Finley on the list. I really liked it but didn't want to scare Dave off with my enthusiasm. So I used a little reverse psychology and let him think it was his idea. (Holly Marie Combs)
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Scrabble value of L1I1S1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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