accounting machine

noun

Definition of accounting machine

1 : a key-operated machine which dates, codes, tabulates, adds, subtracts, or totals chiefly in the process of keeping business records (as accounts payable or receivable)
2 : a business machine that selects information from punched cards fed into it, tabulates, adds, subtracts, or totals in various predeterminable ways, and prints the results

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First Known Use of accounting machine

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Accounting machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accounting%20machine. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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