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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And as his team was stuck in purgatory, the ledger hasn't looked so great lately. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Did Detroit Red Wings help or hurt rebuild with veteran signings?," 8 July 2018 Between January 1990 and October 1991, the ledgers reflected the distribution of 8,921 kilos of cocaine — almost nine tons — for a total price of $142,509,800. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Once a fugitive, Gustavo Falcon imprisoned 11 years for past as 'Cocaine Cowboy'," 25 Apr. 2018 After the gold is sent to the Royal Canadian Mint , it is credited to the owner’s account for trading with others on the web application with all transactions backed up by the blockchain ledger. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Bitcoin Pushes Ancient Gold Market to Try Digital," 15 June 2018 Science is described in the language of numbers, which can be trusted, like figures in a bank account ledger, like cold digits on a computer display. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018 In virtual currency mining, computers are used to make the complex calculations that verify a running ledger of all the transactions in virtual currencies around the world. Robert Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "How your smart fridge and TV might be mining bitcoin for criminals," 4 July 2018 By that point, Kemp was more calamitous contract than viable player—a walking $43 million expenditure whose salary was scattered across the ledgers of the Dodgers, Padres and Braves. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Matt Kemp Shed Weight, Ego and Injury to Thrive for the Club He Never Wanted to Leave," 4 July 2018 Thumbing through a ledger of people buried recently at Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery, graveyard caretaker Don Price stopped on a page of burial records from 1920. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Greenwood Cemetery moonlight tour aims to shed light on racial injustice," 3 May 2018 Martinez worked in the accounting department at a security company's Houston location and was responsible for paying third-party vendors and keeping a ledger. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Rosharon woman admits to helping steal $1.6 million from ex-employer," 9 Feb. 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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