spread·​sheet | \ ˈspred-ˌshēt How to pronounce spreadsheet (audio) \

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

Examples of spreadsheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hats off to Kat Norton, aka Miss Excel, who quit her consulting job this year to focus all her time on making TikTok and Instagram videos for spreadsheet jockeys. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Snowflake wants to seed the cloud with more startups," 30 Apr. 2021 The Environmental Protection Agency offers an accurate carbon footprint calculator through a spreadsheet while sites like Footprint Calculator offer a more visual and interactive experience. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "8 Sustainability Terms You Need to Know," 29 Apr. 2021 Before long, a Google spreadsheet was needed to organize the rush of incoming requests. BostonGlobe.com, "Giant ‘Happy Birthday’ letters have been passed around Arlington for months. They’ve become so popular, there’s a waiting list to claim them for a day," 26 Apr. 2021 These gestures enable users to quickly and precisely highlight areas on Numbers spreadsheet cells, dragging multiple objects in Keynote, plus editing and copying text in Pages or Notes. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Logitech Reveals Its Combo Touch Keyboard Cases For Apple’s New iPad Pros," 21 Apr. 2021 And His boss handed Him a great spreadsheet with how long each task should take. Zach Zimmerman, The New Yorker, "The Seven Days of Creation Under Capitalism," 14 Apr. 2021 Simple fix: Click the mouse, which will bring up a fake spreadsheet on the screen. Eddie Pells, Chron, "Monday Fun Day: March Madness kicks off the week," 22 Mar. 2021 Simple fix: Click the mouse, which will bring up a fake spreadsheet on the screen. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Monday Fun Day: March Madness kicks off the week," 22 Mar. 2021 The state provided the Tribune with a February spreadsheet of providers in DuPage County, which showed the outsize holdings at Petlak’s practice. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "Who’s ahead in the Illinois vaccine race? Data shows downstate counties outpacing Chicago area.," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of spreadsheet

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spreadsheet was in 1981

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4 May 2021

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“Spreadsheet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spreadsheet. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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