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 for mailing list
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  mailing list \mailing list\ n.
     A list of names and addresses to which advertising,
     solicitations of money, or other materials material sent in
     large quantities is mailed; -- it is usually used by
     comercial or charitable organizations. Mailing lists are
     often sold by organizations to other organizations, and are
     frequently used for targeted mailing, i. e., mailing to
     groups of people who are more likely htan the general
     population to respond as desired to the message in the mail.
     [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mailing list
      n 1: a list of names and addresses to which advertising material
           is mailed

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  29 Moby Thesaurus words for "mailing list":
     PP, RD, RFD, airmail, book post, correspondence, direct mail,
     direct-mail selling, express, fourth-class mail, frank,
     halfpenny post, junk mail, letter post, letters, mail,
     mail-order selling, newspaper post, parcel post, post, post day,
     registered mail, rural delivery, rural free delivery, sea mail,
     seapost, special delivery, special handling, surface mail
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  mailing list
   n.
  
      (often shortened in context to list)
  
      1. An email address that is an alias (or macro, though that word is
      never used in this connection) for many other email addresses. Some mailing
      lists are simple reflectors, redirecting mail sent to them to the list of
      recipients. Others are filtered by humans or programs of varying degrees of
      sophistication; lists filtered by humans are said to be moderated.
  
      2. The people who receive your email when you send it to such an address.
  
      Mailing lists are one of the primary forms of hacker interaction, along
      with Usenet. They predate Usenet, having originated with the first UUCP
      and ARPANET connections. They are often used for private
      information-sharing on topics that would be too specialized for or
      inappropriate to public Usenet groups. Though some of these maintain almost
      purely technical content (such as the Internet Engineering Task Force
      mailing list), others (like the ?sf-lovers? list maintained for many years
      by Saul Jaffe) are recreational, and many are purely social. Perhaps the
      most infamous of the social lists was the eccentric bandykin distribution;
      its latter-day progeny, lectroids and tanstaafl, still include a number of
      the oddest and most interesting people in hackerdom.
  
      Mailing lists are easy to create and (unlike Usenet) don't tie up a
      significant amount of machine resources (until they get very large, at
      which point they can become interesting torture tests for mail software).
      Thus, they are often created temporarily by working groups, the members of
      which can then collaborate on a project without ever needing to meet
      face-to-face. Much of the material in this lexicon was criticized and
      polished on just such a mailing list (called ?jargon-friends?), which
      included all the co-authors of Steele-1983.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  mailing list
  
      (Often shortened in context to "list") An
     electronic mail address that is an alias (or macro, though
     that word is never used in this connection) which is expanded
     by a mail exploder to yield many other e-mail addresses.
     Some mailing lists are simple "reflectors", redirecting mail
     sent to them to the list of recipients.  Others are filtered
     by humans or programs of varying degrees of sophistication;
     lists filtered by humans are said to be "moderated".
  
     The term is sometimes used, by extension, for the people who
     receive e-mail sent to such an address.
  
     Mailing lists are one of the primary forms of hacker
     interaction, along with Usenet.  They predate Usenet,
     having originated with the first UUCP and ARPANET
     connections.  They are often used for private
     information-sharing on topics that would be too specialised
     for or inappropriate to public Usenet groups.  Though some
     of these maintain almost purely technical content (such as the
     Internet Engineering Task Force mailing list), others (like
     the "sf-lovers" list maintained for many years by Saul Jaffe)
     are recreational, and many are purely social.  Perhaps the
     most infamous of the social lists was the eccentric bandykin
     distribution; its latter-day progeny, lectroids and
     tanstaafl, still include a number of the oddest and most
     interesting people in hackerdom.
  
     Mailing lists are easy to create and (unlike Usenet) don't
     tie up a significant amount of machine resources (until they
     get very large, at which point they can become interesting
     torture tests for mail software).  Thus, they are often
     created temporarily by working groups, the members of which
     can then collaborate on a project without ever needing to meet
     face-to-face.
  
     There are several programs to automate mailing list
     maintenance, e.g. Listserv, Listproc, Majordomo.
  
     Requests to subscribe to, or leave, a mailing list should
     ALWAYS be sent to the list's "-request" address (e.g.
     ietf-request@cnri.reston.va.us for the IETF mailing list).
     This prevents them being sent to all recipients of the list
     and ensures that they reach the maintainer of the list, who
     may not actually read the list.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2001-04-27)
  

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