from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An entry in a list or directory: the first listing in the telephone book.
  • n. A list: a listing of physicians.
  • n. Computer Science A printout of a program or data set.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. asking, as a price of real estate
  • v. Present participle of list..
  • n. The action of the verb to list.
  • n. An entry in a list or directory.
  • n. A printout of a program or data set.
  • n. A physical manifestation of a single item in a list; as a single twenty page (bound) listing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of one who lists (in any sense of the verb)
  • n. The selvedge of cloth; list.
  • n. The sapwood cut from the edge of a board.
  • n. The throwing up of the soil into ridges, -- a method adopted in the culture of beets and some garden crops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of attaching a list or border, or of binding with list.
  • n. A list or border of cloth, etc.
  • n. The act of cutting away the sapwood from the edge of a board.
  • n. The strip thus cut away.
  • n. In agriculture, the throwing up of the soil into ridges.
  • n. The act of making a list or catalogue.
  • n. In land laws of the United States, an allotment or assignment of land by the government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of making a list of items
  • n. a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)


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  • When I was about four, my parents and I lived in a rented farmhouse near Wahoo, Nebraska. Most days I would tell my mother that I was going to "my apartment," which was an ancient apple tree near the road. I would climb to one of the middle branches with my book, my doll, and my bear to snack on apples until the mailman would drive up (in a sedan he could steer from the passenger side), when I would climb down, take the mail from him, then go back inside.

    November 14, 2011

  • Ah, wonderful. I should do the same. And thanks for the word drupe!

    November 14, 2011

  • I don't have trees, rolig. There are numerous orchards that grow all manner of pomes and drupes (apples, pears, plums, peaches, etc.) near my city. So the fruit is fresh, locally grown, and a good buy. The fruit stand is a short walk or bicycle ride from my home.

    November 14, 2011

  • Hern, I actually meant first to comment on your apply day: it sounds lovely. Do you have apple trees? That's one of the things I miss in my urban life.

    November 14, 2011

  • GHibbs's grasp of grammar is less than firm, I fear. Not every modifier is an adjective -- or more precisely, it's neither standard practice nor useful to label every modifier an adjective. In the case of the listing ship, we are dealing with a present active participle (as it was termed when I was learning grammar some 40 years ago) from the verb "to list" ("lean to one side").

    November 14, 2011

  • It's a bright, chill, crisp-apples-in-fall sort of day and I'm waiting for the jars of applesauce I'm canning to finish their 20-minute stint in the boiling canning kettle while listing @Wordnik. And I don't mean that adjectivally.

    November 14, 2011

  • My alternative adjectival use: 'The listing ship will soon sink.'

    August 22, 2011

  • Spooky. I've never heard of migratory esses.

    July 5, 2008

  • I have just become aware of a shift in the letter 's' on a word page. When 1 wordie lists a word the 's' is at the end of the word 'lists'. As soon as another wordie lists the same word the 's' moves 6 places to the left. And stays there no matter how many more wordies list that same word. That's neat! ;D

    July 5, 2008

  • Perhaps nobody is listing because all Wordies are upright citizens.

    July 5, 2008

  • What about Nobody is listing. Why don't you??

    July 5, 2008

  • I just tried nobody is listing and got:

    Nobody is listing nobody is listing. Why don't you?

    I can't bear even to ghost it :-(

    July 5, 2008