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)

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The original blockchain is the decentralized ledger behind the digital currency bitcoin. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to the Blockchain," 9 July 2019 The Utah document obtained by Georgetown was a ledger with details on more than 1,800 cases spanning two years of requests from multiple agencies, including other states, the FBI and the State Department. CBS News, "Feds tapping into DMV databases for surveillance purposes, report says," 8 July 2019 The Utah document obtained by Georgetown was a ledger with details on more than 1,800 cases spanning two years of requests from multiple agencies, including other states, the FBI and the State Department. Washington Post, "Activists worry about potential abuse of face scans for ICE," 8 July 2019 With no equivalent female sport to football, that meant roughly 85 scholarships on the other side of the ledger. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Celebrate the US women’s soccer team, but also celebrate Title IX," 8 July 2019 When asked to rate their overall health, 82 percent of adults ages 65 to 74 described it as excellent (18 percent), very good (32 percent) or good (32 percent) — on the positive side of the ledger. Judith Graham, The Denver Post, "Why many older adults feel good about their health," 1 July 2019 But the real estate ledgers tell a different story. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "“There’s speculators buying up houses:” Denver’s East Colfax braces for transit, density and displacement," 22 July 2019 Step 10: Install a ledger board just below this line to hang the upper cabinets atop. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Install Cabinets," 19 July 2019 Libra’s transaction history will be stored in one place, and some members within the association will be responsible for maintaining and verifying the digital ledger. Kurt Wilberding, WSJ, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: How It Stacks Up to Bitcoin and PayPal," 28 June 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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ledger

noun

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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