ledger

noun
led·​ger | \ ˈle-jər How to pronounce ledger (audio) \

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)

Examples of ledger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Local television stations captured footage of the SWAT operations at Garcia Cordova's home last week as police hauled away the vehicles along with ledgers, cash and marijuana found hidden under a hot tub. Author: Arelis R. Hernández, Anchorage Daily News, "UPS employees allegedly ran massive drug shipment operation, evading authorities for a decade," 27 Nov. 2019 Local television stations captured footage of the SWAT operations at Garcia Cordova’s home last week as police hauled away the vehicles along with ledgers, cash and marijuana found hidden under a Jacuzzi. Washington Post, "UPS employees allegedly ran massive drug shipment operation, evading authorities for a decade," 27 Nov. 2019 Blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin and other digital currencies, also offers the promise of irrefutable, indisputable data ledgers. Leonard Kleinrock, Twin Cities, "Leonard Kleinrock: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?," 18 Nov. 2019 Each time bitcoin is transferred, details of the trade are recorded on a publicly available, permanent ledger, said Yihao Lim, a senior analyst from cybersecurity firm FireEye. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "How Bitcoin transactions were used to track down the 23-year-old South Korean operating a global child exploitation site from his bedroom," 19 Oct. 2019 The ledger, such as blockchain, is where transactions using digital currency are recorded. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "IRS finally weighs in on cryptocurrency taxes," 9 Oct. 2019 Blockchain is an online ledger, or record, of transactions spread across a large network of computers. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole Tax Collector Joel Greenberg creates company to transition office to blockchain and virtual IDs," 20 Sep. 2019 Court papers show that as Manny’s manager, Barrientos purchased wholesale quantities of drugs, managed employees, kept sales ledgers, arranged for the storage and transportation of narcotics, and oversaw the fleet of drivers. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "He operated a heroin ring like a pizza delivery service. Now he will serve 235 months in prison.," 9 Sep. 2019 The Mustangs, likely headed for another perfect district campaign, upped its 21-6A ledger to 3-0, while Deer Park fell to 1-2 and 3-3 overall. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park dealt 49-7 defeat by nationally-ranked North Shore," 12 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Dec 2019

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“Ledger.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ledger. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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ledger

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How to pronounce ledger (audio)

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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