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)
Recent Examples of ledger from the Web
The Bitcoin blockchain is a publicly available ledger of every bitcoin transaction ever made.
The ledger offers a rare glimpse into New York on the brink of Revolutionary War.
Getting that debt off the ledger would be a huge relief for anyone, of course.
Just before Manafort stepped down as Trump’s campaign manager in August, the New York Times reported that secret handwritten ledgers show the Party of Regions made nearly two dozen undisclosed cash payments to Manafort, totaling $12.7 million.
Blockchain is the ingenious system of simultaneously updating electronic ledgers, developed for the pioneering bitcoin electronic currency, so users can verify transactions reliably and fast.
In this June 15, 2017 photo, Sanjiv Mehra, a toy shop owner checks his ledger at his shop in Khan Market, New Delhi, India.
Ten districts in and around St. Paul will use staff cuts or savings, or both, to clear their ledgers of red ink.
The advantage of using a decentralized ledger to make transactions is that processes have the potential to be more efficient and will theoretically incur fewer transaction costs.
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Origin and Etymology of ledger
Middle English lygger, leger large breviary, beam, probably from leyen, leggen to lay
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
LEDGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ledger for English Language Learners
: a book that a company uses to record information about the money it has paid and received
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