led·​ger | \ ˈle-jər \

Definition of ledger

1 : a book containing accounts to which debits and credits are posted from books of original entry
2 : a horizontal board used for vertical support (as in scaffolding)

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But even after censors have taken down all other attempts to spread these articles via social media, the posts remain publicly available as transactions logged on the blockchain’s public ledger. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 On the other side of the racial ledger, Bush appointed Gen. Colin Powell as the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "George H.W. Bush’s legacy on racial issues is complicated," 5 Dec. 2018 Early steps included experiments with mining virtual coins and using digital ledgers to execute trades. Justin Baer, WSJ, "Fidelity Says It Will Trade Bitcoin for Hedge Funds," 15 Oct. 2018 It’s just using distributed ledger technology to take care of all of the paperwork. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Big data could ‘stop famines from ever happening again,’ says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim," 24 Sep. 2018 ConsenSys is a Brooklyn firm specializing in Ethereum, the decentralized ledger system that underpins the cryptocurrency Ether. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Startup Thinks Blockchain Can Help Fix the Media’s Business Woes," 18 July 2018 In fact, the name of the event, which dates back to Philadelphia in the 1950s, is a reference not to businesses getting their ledgers back in the black but to heavy foot traffic. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The classist vilification of the Black Friday shopper," 20 Nov. 2018 Both were 11-2 with conference titles, but ugly losses on their ledgers. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan hold steady in CFP," 14 Nov. 2018 That puts them on a pace to finish with their best ledger away from Denver in franchise history by a wide margin. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Team That Figured Out How to Win on the Road," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ledger

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ledger

Middle English lygger, leger large breviary, beam, probably from leyen, leggen to lay

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The first known use of ledger was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of ledger

: a book that a company uses to record information about the money it has paid and received

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