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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Investment bubbles are almost always created the same way: Someone takes money—maybe cash or debt—from the balance sheet and moves it to the income side of the ledger. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Look Out, Bitcoin Has Lost Its Tether," 1 July 2018 More recently, firms are obtaining patents for another seminal new technology known as blockchain, which relies on distributed ledgers to create tamper-proof records, and is being used in everything from shipping to finance to food safety. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "As Blockchain Grows, Companies Look to Avert a Patent War," 19 June 2018 Law enforcement officials, including the Internal Revenue Service, are known to be tracing transactions on the blockchain, the digital ledger for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Bitcoin ATMs showing up in odd spots across metro Detroit," 28 June 2018 The new publication will have a conventional website whose data will be written permanently into the secure digital ledger known as the blockchain. BostonGlobe.com, "Trade war fears aren’t hurting stock market," 17 June 2018 Both were unbeaten through three rounds with 3-0 ledgers. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Standings take shape in Wheelchair Wind-up Tournament," 26 May 2018 The electronic currency contains within itself a kind of public ledger recording the transactions involving it but bitcoin is anonymous by design. Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Campaign donations in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies could pose pitfalls for Wisconsin politicians and the public," 24 Apr. 2018 The researchers relied on the millions of transaction records that are captured on the public ledgers of all virtual currency transactions, known as the blockchain, to spot patterns. New York Times, "Bitcoin’s Price Was Artificially Inflated Last Year, Researchers Say," 30 Mar. 2018 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

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

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