spread·​sheet ˈspred-ˌshēt How to pronounce spreadsheet (audio)
: 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 The Office of Health Care Quality’s old database included a field to indicate whether the family had been notified of an adverse event, but the temporary spreadsheet does not track that information. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2023 This entire exercise in self-torture really has little to do with line items on a budget spreadsheet. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2023 Standpipe systems in other areas at Park Street passed their most recent pressure tests between 2019 and 2021, according to the T spreadsheet, and another round of testing is due to begin next year. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 What the spreadsheet found might surprise some folks: Despite the mathematic complexity of Case-Shiller, there’s not much difference over the long term from the median price gauge. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 But their caste was outed when a course coordinator shared a spreadsheet containing personal details on a class mailing list, which made its way into a WhatsApp group. Akanksha Singh, WIRED, 4 Sep. 2023 These Mac users’ colleagues needed to collaborate with them on word processor files, spreadsheets, and slideshows created in Microsoft Office. Cory Doctorow, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 In the course of the investigation, people familiar with the matter said, prosecutors have obtained emails where some of Trump’s aides discuss whether lawyers should be paid, as well as a spreadsheet that Trump’s lawyers kept in the post-presidency of who had been subpoenaed. Josh Dawsey, Devlin Barrett, Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2023 Redditors since then have tracked the rise in dining fees across restaurants in Los Angeles in a spreadsheet. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spreadsheet was in 1981

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“Spreadsheet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spreadsheet. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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spread·​sheet ˈspred-ˌshēt How to pronounce spreadsheet (audio)
: an accounting program for a computer
also : the ledger layout simulated by such a program

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