A listing is a catalog or list or items. You might be in the habit of checking TV listings every night, to see what's on the next day.

You might make a listing of every cupcake and brownie that's donated to your school bake sale, or consult a listing of the available puppies at your local animal shelter. In either case, listing simply means "list." You can also use the word to describe the act or process of making such a list: "Listing all the things I want for my birthday would take far too long." The Middle English root, liste, means "border, or edging stripe."

Definitions of listing
  1. noun
    the act of making a list of items
    synonyms: itemisation, itemization
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    inventory, inventorying, stock-taking, stocktaking
    making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand
    stock-take, stocktake
    an instance of stocktaking
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    organisation, organization
    the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically
  2. noun
    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
    synonyms: list
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    ASCII character set
    (computer science) 128 characters that make up the ASCII coding scheme
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    agenda, agendum, order of business
    a list of matters to be taken up (as at a meeting)
    a list of names of specially favored people
    a list of writings with time and place of publication (such as the writings of a single author or the works referred to in preparing a document etc.)
    a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
    black book, blacklist
    a list of people who are out of favor
    a list or register of events (appointments or social events or court cases etc)
    calorie chart
    a list of foods and information about their caloric content
    a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
    catalog, catalogue
    a complete list of things; usually arranged systematically
    character set
    an ordered list of characters that are used together in writing or printing
    a list of items (names or tasks etc.) to be checked or consulted
    class list, honours list
    a list issued by examiners that categorizes students according to the class of honours they achieved in their degree examinations
    an official list of chemicals or medicines etc.
    contents, table of contents
    a list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start
    a list of printing errors in a book along with their corrections
    a list of acknowledgements of those who contributed to the creation of a film (usually run at the end of the film)
    criminal record, record
    a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted
    (computer science) a listing of the files stored in memory (usually on a hard disk)
    distribution list
    list of names to whom a communication should be sent
    enumeration, numbering
    a numbered list
    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
    grocery list, shopping list
    a list of heterogenous items that someone wants
    hit list
    a list of victims to be eliminated (as by murder)
    hit parade
    a ranked list of the songs that are most popular at a given time
    an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed
    a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
    a list of answers to a test
    inventory, stock list
    a detailed list of all the items in stock
    mailing list
    a list of names and addresses to which advertising material is mailed
    flag, masthead
    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
    (computer science) a list of options available to a computer user
    a list of people who died recently
    play list, playlist
    a list of musical selections for performance or for broadcast by radio
    a list of the financial assets held by an individual or a bank or other financial institution
    (bookkeeping) a listing on the company's records
    price list
    a listing of prices for different goods or services
    push-down list, push-down stack, stack
    a list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored (LIFO)
    (information processing) an ordered list of tasks to be performed or messages to be transmitted
    roll, roster
    a list of names
    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 (e.g. on a warship or in a regiment etc)
    slate, ticket
    a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
    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
    (law) the calendar of a court; the list of cases to be tried or a summary of the court's activities
    order of the day
    the order of business for an assembly on a given day
    network programming
    the schedule of programs to be broadcast on a network
    batting order, card, lineup
    (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat
    bill of entry
    a list of goods received at a customhouse for export or import
    bill of goods
    a consignment of merchandise
    a descriptive catalog of musical recordings
    library catalog, library catalogue
    an enumeration of all the resources of a library
    parts catalog, parts catalogue
    a list advertising parts for machinery along with prices
    seed catalog, seed catalogue
    a list advertising seeds and their prices
    (computer science) a directory that is listed in another directory
    grocery list
    a list of groceries to be purchased
    an index of all main words in a book along with their immediate contexts
    key word
    a word that is used as a pattern to decode an encrypted message
    parts inventory
    an inventory of replacement parts
    bill of fare, card, carte, carte du jour, menu
    a list of dishes available at a restaurant
    drop-down menu
    a menu of options that appears below the item when the computer user clicks on it
    cascading menu, hierarchical menu, submenu
    a secondary menu that appears while you are holding the cursor over an item on the primary menu
    a list of persons killed in a war or other disaster
    a schedule of times of arrivals and departures
    a schedule listing events and the times at which they will take place
    muster roll
    a list of names of officers and men in a military unit or ship's company
    church roll
    a list of the members of church
    a roster of names showing the order in which people should perform certain duties
    waiting list
    a roster of those waiting to obtain something
    a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
    alphanumeric characters, alphanumerics
    a character set that includes letters and digits and punctuation
    push-down queue
    a queue in which the last item to go in is the first item to come out (LIFO)
    a theatrical program
    type of:
    an organized body of related information
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