spread·sheet | \ ˈspred-ˌshēt \

Definition of spreadsheet 

: a computer program that allows the entry, calculation, and storage of data in columns and rows also : the ledger layout modeled by such a program

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This summer, Consumer Reports will put the data into spreadsheets, analyze it and report on the issues raised. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Consumer Reports' 'What the Fee' campaign targets Comcast for its TV, sports fees," 27 June 2018 Hosack’s accomplishments, early and late, are so numerous that a biography of the man risks becoming a spreadsheet, fact-heavy and unreadable. Penelope Rowlands, WSJ, "‘American Eden’ Review: The Ambitious Dr. Hosack," 1 June 2018 Pettijohn followed that up with a spreadsheet with the contribution margins. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Suit: CFO feared jail time over kickbacks. He's now Shawnee Mission Health interim CEO | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 The New Orleans Police Department denied a public records request for the spreadsheet, citing a provision in Louisiana law that shields records containing security procedures or investigative techniques. NOLA.com, "How a tech firm brought data and worry to New Orleans crime fighting," 1 Mar. 2018 Bacteria built to adapt he weirdness of my spreadsheet stems from our profound ignorance of the microbial world. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 Do what works for you: Your spreadsheet might look different based on your needs. refinery29.com, "The Starter Guide To Tracking Your $$$ With An Excel Spreadsheet," 10 May 2018 If your dirty dishes have been piling up, consider temporarily swapping your spreadsheets for soap suds. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What March's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 28 Feb. 2018 Keep records of your calls and correspondence in chronological order in a file or in a spreadsheet. Jeanne Pinder, Philly.com, "How to appeal an insurance claim or medical bill," 20 Feb. 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of spreadsheet

: a computer program that calculates numbers and organizes information in columns and rows

: a document that has columns and rows which are used to calculate numbers and organize information

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