cat·a·log or cat·a·logue (kătl-ôg′, -ŏg′)
a. A list or itemized display, as of titles, course offerings, or articles for exhibition or sale, usually including descriptive information or illustrations.
b. A publication, such as a book or pamphlet, containing such a list or display: a catalog of fall fashions; a seed catalog.
2. A list or enumeration: a catalog of complaints.
3. A card catalog.
v. cat·a·loged, cat·a·log·ing, cat·a·logs or cat·a·logued or cat·a·logu·ing or cat·a·logues
1. To make an itemized list of: catalog a record collection.
a. To list or include in a catalog.
b. To classify (a book or publication, for example) according to a categorical system.
1. To make a catalog.
2. To be listed in a catalog: an item that catalogs for 200 dollars.
[Middle English cathaloge, list, register, from Old French catalogue, from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein, to list : kata-, down, off; see CATA- + legein, to count; see leg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
cata·log′er, cata·logu′er n.
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