List vs Wishlist - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between list and wishlist

is that list is a strip of fabric, especially from the edge of a piece of cloth or list can be (archaic) art; craft; cunning; skill or list can be (nautical) a tilting or careening to one side, usually not intentionally / not under a ship's own power or list can be (obsolete) inclination; desire while wishlist is a list of desired things.

As a verb list

is to create or recite a list or list can be (poetic) to listen or list can be (nautical) to tilt to one side or list can be (archaic|transitive) to be pleasing to.



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Etymology 1

From (etyl), mostly from (etyl) gave rise to the sense of "catalogue of names" by circa 1600; it was influenced by (etyl) liste'' or (etyl) ''lista (both meaning "border, band; strip of paper"), which are themselves from the Germanic word.


(en noun)
  • A strip of fabric, especially from the edge of a piece of cloth.
  • * Shakespeare:
  • gartered with a red and blue list
  • Material used for cloth selvage.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1893, author=(Arthur Conan Doyle), title=The Naval Treaty, page=681, publisher=Norton 2005,
  • passage=The charwomen are in the habit of taking off their boots at the commissionaire's office, and putting on list slippers.}}
  • (in the plural) The palisades or barriers used to fence off a space for tilting or jousting tournaments.
  • * 1663 , (Hudibras) , by (Samuel Butler), part 1, :
  • With truncheon tipp'd with iron head, / The warrior to the lists he led.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • In measured lists to toss the weighty lance.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1819, author=(Walter Scott), title=(Ivanhoe),
  • passage=William de Wyvil, and Stephen de Martival, [...] armed at all points, rode up and down the lists to enforce and preserve good order among the spectators.}}
  • A register or roll of paper consisting of an enumeration or compilation of a set of possible items; the enumeration or compilation itself.
  • * Francis Bacon:
  • He was the ablest emperor of all the list .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=72-3, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A punch in the gut , passage=Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial.
  • (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.
  • (obsolete) A limit or boundary; a border.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The very list , the very utmost bound, / Of all our fortunes.
  • (obsolete) A stripe.
  • (Sir Thomas Browne)
  • (architecture) A little square moulding; a fillet or listel.
  • (carpentry) A narrow strip of wood, especially sapwood, cut from the edge of a plank or board.
  • (ropemaking) A piece of woollen cloth with which the yarns are grasped by a worker.
  • (tin-plate manufacture) The first thin coating of tin.
  • (tin-plate manufacture) A wire-like rim of tin left on an edge of the plate after it is coated.
  • Synonyms
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * association list * blacklist * bucket list * bullet list * checklist * clout list * definition list * grocery list * hit list * laundry list * listicle * list price * mailing list * material list * punch list * set list * short list * stop list * to-do list * waiting list * whitelist * wine list * wish list


    (en verb)
  • To create or recite a list.
  • To place in listings.
  • (obsolete) To engage in public service by enrolling one's name; to enlist.
  • (obsolete) To engage a soldier, etc.; to enlist.
  • * Walter Scott, The Waverly Novels :
  • "I will list you for my soldier, then," said the Countess.
  • To enclose (a field, etc.) for combat.
  • To sew together, as strips of cloth, so as to make a show of colours, or form a border.
  • To cover with list, or with strips of cloth; to put list on; to stripe as if with list.
  • to list a door
  • * Alfred Tennyson:
  • The tree that stood white-listed through the gloom.
  • (carpentry) To cut away a narrow strip, as of sapwood, from the edge of.
  • to list a board
    Derived terms
    * delist * interlist

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) liste, from (etyl) . Related to (l), (l), (l).


  • (archaic) Art; craft; cunning; skill.
  • * 1877 , James Clarke & Co, The literary world :
  • In discussing the Syllabus and the last dogma of 1870, so much must be allowed for Italian list and cunning, or a word-fence. An Englishman, with his matter-of-fact way of putting things, is no match for these gentry.
  • * 1893 , Solomon Caesar, Original notes on the Book of Proverbs :
  • "[...] The foxes had heard that the fowls were sick, and went to see them decked in peacock's feathers; said of men who speak friendly, but only with list or cunning within."
  • * 1897 , Lilian Winser, Lays and legends of the Weald of Kent :
  • For when the guileful monster smiled Snakes left their holes and hissed, — And stroking soft his silken beard Raised creatures full of list .
  • * 1991 , Alexander L. Ringer, The Early romantic era :
  • The general bass, in its fixed lines, is taken by surprise and overwhelmed by List ... (List = cunning); [...].
  • * 1992 , University of Reading. Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, Reading medieval studies :
  • The latter wins his fight not by list but through straightforward knightly prowess, [...]
  • * 2000 , Cordula Scholz, Georgios Makris, Peter Schreiner, Polypleuros nous :
  • It is worth noting that, contrary to Alexios who according to his daughter did not scruple to use any tricks to achieve his goal, Manuel, as depicted by Kinnamos, preferred "to win by war rather than by list ."
  • * 2008 , Jon B. Sherman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The magician in medieval German literature :
  • One man can accomplish with list (magic), that which a thousand could not accomplish, regardless of how strong they were.

    Etymology 3

    From (listen).


  • (poetic) To listen.
  • * 1607 , iv 3 :
  • Peace, what noise? / List', ' list ! / Hark! / Music i' the air.
  • (poetic) To listen to.
  • * Shakespeare:
  • Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain, / If with too credent ear you list his songs.

    Etymology 4

    Possibly from tilting on lists in jousts.[]


    (en noun)
  • (nautical) A tilting or careening to one side, usually not intentionally / not under a ship's own power.
  • (architecture) A tilt to a building.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (nautical) To tilt to one side.
  • the ship listed to port
  • (nautical) To cause (something) to tilt to one side.
  • the steady wind listed the ship

    Etymology 5

    (etyl) lystan, from (etyl) ).


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To be pleasing to.
  • (archaic) To wish, like, desire (to do something).
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 2
  • If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy / likeness: if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list .
  • * 1843 , '', book 3, ch. VIII, ''Unworking Aristocracy
  • Ye are as gods, that can create soil. Soil-creating gods there is no withstanding. They have the might to sell wheat at what price they list ; and the right, to all lengths, and famine-lengths, — if they be pitiless infernal gods!
  • * 1959 , , "What is Political Philosophy?", in What is Political Philosophy? , page 51:
  • License consists in doing what one lists ; liberty consists in doing in the right manner the good only;
  • * 2007 , John Burrow, A History of Histories , Penguin 2009, page 413:
  • The spirit seemed to blow where it listed among a historically motley collection of Catholic theologians, Puritan zealots and American squires.
    Derived terms
    * listless


  • (obsolete) Inclination; desire.
  • Anagrams

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    Alternative forms

    * wish list


    (en noun)
  • A list of desired things.