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lister

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/ ˈlɪs tər /
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noun
Also called lister plow middlebreaker, middlebuster . a plow with a double moldboard, used to prepare the ground for planting by producing furrows and ridges.
Also called lister planter, lister drill . a lister plow fitted with attachments for dropping and covering seeds.
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Origin of lister

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An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; list2 + -er1

Other definitions for lister (2 of 3)

lister2
[ lis-ter ]
/ ˈlɪs tər /

noun
a person who makes or compiles a list, especially an appraiser or assessor.

Origin of lister

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First recorded in 1670–80; list1 + -er1

Other definitions for lister (3 of 3)

Lister
[ lis-ter ]
/ ˈlɪs tər /

noun
Joseph, 1st Baron Lister of Lyme Re·gis [lahym ree-jis], /laɪm ˈri dʒɪs/, 1827–1912, English surgeon: founder of modern antiseptic surgery.
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British Dictionary definitions for lister (1 of 2)

lister
/ (ˈlɪstə) /

noun
US and Canadian agriculture a plough with a double mouldboard designed to throw soil to either side of a central furrowAlso called: lister plough, middlebreaker, middle buster

Word Origin for lister

C19: from list ²

British Dictionary definitions for lister (2 of 2)

Lister
/ (ˈlɪstə) /

noun
Joseph, 1st Baron Lister. 1827–1912, British surgeon, who introduced the use of antiseptics
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Scientific definitions for lister

Lister
[ lĭstər ]
First Baron Title of Joseph Lister 1827-1912

British surgeon who, influenced by Pasteur's germ theory of disease, established in 1865 a system of antiseptic measures in hospitals to combat infections. His practices dramatically decreased the number by deaths caused by infection and were gradually adopted in hospitals throughout Europe.
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