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

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Recent Examples on the Web In the Slack group, others started contributing to the spreadsheet, creating their own tracking documents and asking for local resources. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'What can I do to help?' Milwaukee-area web developers create site to provide help during pandemic," 15 May 2020 Valenzuela applied for unemployment benefits and while waiting for the first check to arrive, a friend sent her a link to a Google spreadsheet. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This virtual tip jar lets you help laid-off Arizona restaurant and bar workers. Here's how," 7 Apr. 2020 To date, more than 1,000 centers statewide have been approved, according to a spreadsheet created by the Department of Job and Family Services. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio child care centers to close Thursday, many to remain open as pandemic care centers," 25 Mar. 2020 According to the spreadsheet, Americans from at least 28 states are trying to figure out a way back home. Fox News, "Hundreds of Americans stuck in Peru amid coronavirus shutdown," 18 Mar. 2020 According to the proposal spreadsheet, rental fees would drop nearly across the board for nonprofits. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "New NORDC rental fees could help some, hinder others," 7 Jan. 2018 The state's best pivot player (17.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.6 blocks per game, 14 double-doubles last season) has a spreadsheet log for scheduled check-in calls from Ivy League, Pac-12 and several other Power 5 conference programs' scouts. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Pinnacle's Kennedy Basham emerges as top women's college basketball recruit," 8 May 2020 Once the pandemic hit and the stay-at-home order went into effect, Rosebrook created a spreadsheet and gathered information on which students needed services. Sierra Newton, Cincinnati.com, "Heart Land: Delta Pilot retired, friends celebrate pandemic-style," 4 May 2020 Before leveraging software robots, test results were put into spreadsheets manually, or transcribed by hand, taking several hours or longer to complete, Ms. Jerry said. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Calling All Robots: Businesses Automate the Battle Against Coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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29 May 2020

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“Spreadsheet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spreadsheet. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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