Noun and verb
- A vessel’s tipping or leaning due to wind, improper trim, or the shifting of cargo.
13th century. From the Anglo-Saxon word, lystan, meaning to lean.
A list isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but obviously too much can lead to problems. A significant list can overcome the stability of a vessel and cause it to capsize. Some vessels are designed so water can be pumped to tanks on the opposite side of the ship to counteract a list.
Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport.