- IPA: /lɪst/, X-SAMPA: /lIst/
- Rhymes: -ɪst
- A strip of fabric, especially from the edge of a piece of cloth .
- Material used for cloth selvage.
- ( in the plural: ) The palisades or barriers used to fence off a space for tilting or jousting tournaments. 
- A register or roll of paper consisting of an enumeration or compilation of a set of possible items. 
- ( 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 .
- See also Wikisaurus:list
- To create or recite a list .
- To place in listings .
- ( obsolete ) To engage in public service by enrolling one's name; to enlist .
- ( archaic ) Art; craft; cunning; skill.
- 1877, James Clarke & Co, The literary world:
- 1893, Solomon Caesar, Original notes on the Book of Proverbs:
- 1897, Lilian Winser, Lays and legends of the Weald of Kent:
- 1991, Alexander L. Ringer, The Early romantic era:
- 1992, University of Reading. Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, Reading medieval studies:
- 2000, Cordula Scholz, Georgios Makris, Peter Schreiner, Polypleuros nous:
- 2008, Jon B. Sherman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The magician in medieval German literature:
- ( archaic, transitive ) To be pleasing to .
- ( archaic ) To wish, like, desire ( to do something ).
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. VIII, Unworking Aristocracy
- 1959, Leo Strauss, "What is Political Philosophy?", in What is Political Philosophy?, page 51
- 2007, John Burrow, A History of Histories, Penguin 2009, p. 413:
- IPA: /list/
From Old English līste "hem, edge, strip", from Proto-Germanic *līstōn. Cognate with Dutch lijst, German Leiste, Icelandic lista/listi .
The Middle English liste ( “border, edging, stripe” ) gives rise to the sense of "catalogue of names" by ca. 1600. The Middle English term does not continue the Old English directly, but is rather loaned from Old French liste or Old Italian lista ( both meaning "border, band; strip of paper" ), which are themselves a loan of the Germanic word .
From Middle English liste, from Old English list ( “art, cleverness, cunning, experience, skill, craft” ), from Proto-Germanic *listiz ( “craft, art” ), from Proto-Indo-European *leys-, *leyǝs- ( “track, furrow, trace, trail” ). Cognate with Scots list ( “art, skill, craft, cunning” ), Eastern Frisian list ( “cunning, knowledge” ), Dutch list ( “ruse, strategem, guile, artifice, sleight” ), Low German list ( “wisdom, prudence, cunning, artifice” ), German List ( “cunning, ruse, trick, guile, ploy” ), Swedish list ( “cunning, art, trick, ruse, wile, guile, stealth” ), Icelandic list ( “art” ). Related to lore, lere, learn .
Old English lystan, from Proto-Germanic *lustijanan, from Proto-Germanic *lustuz ( “pleasure” ). Akin to Old Norse lysta ( whence cognate with Danish and Norwegian lyste ), Old High German lusten ( German gelüsten and obsolete lüsten ) .
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