Thursday, June 30, 2011


List is one of those words which has been on my list to feature. It's a word we don't really think about as having much meaning. For the most part it's just an ordinary everyday word. Even in it's secondary and alternate meanings it's still not that interesting of a word. But I want to write about "list" because the primary meaning is so common that many of us don't realize the word has other meanings.

I will begin with the most obvious. Most people see some sort of list every day of their lives. Whether it be a price list you see at a store when you are shopping or a "to do" list of your own chores. I tend to be overflowed with the latter, there's always something that needs to be done.

a series of names or other items written or printed together in a meaningful grouping or sequence. 

a bordering strip or the finished edge of fabric, usually made of cloth. 
a selvage.

The next time someone mentions the list in your jeans - you'll know how to respond.

to prepare the ground for planting by making ridges and furrows.

A furrow can be dug with hand tools such as a shovel, stick, hoe or any object you can find to dig with. 

a careening, or leaning to one, as of a ship

Any number of circumstances would cause a ship to list. It could be thrown off balance from strong winds or a tight turn at a higher than usual speed. The failure of a stabilizer system on the ship.
A tall tree can also list to one side.

I hope you enjoyed this list of meanings for the word list...



  1. Hello! I saw you were a new follower on my blog, so I thought I'd take a gander at yours. I'm glad I did, because this is really neat. :) I like how you feature a word that seems to be so ordinary and expand upon other meanings that lies deep down.

  2. i have been listless as of late!

  3. Very nice... I did not know the meaning concerning the hem on my pants... hmmm...

    @Violet - is that because you wear cutoffs (or... ahem... less)?

    LOL - great post RIW!!

  4. Wow! I had no idea that list had so many meanings. Thanks for expanding my word knowledge a bit.



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