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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Tom’s Hardware’s review notes that the hardware is able to handle many everyday tasks such as web browsing with up to 15 Chromium tabs, light image editing using GIMP, and document and spreadsheet work using Libre Office. Jon Porter, The Verge, "$35 Raspberry Pi 4 announced with 4K support and up to 4GB of RAM," 24 June 2019 The charting tools in spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel helped data visualization become a more common feature in business reports and media. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The multibillion-dollar sales of Tableau and Looker are a coming of age for data visualization," 12 June 2019 One month later, Goldman Sachs acquired financial spreadsheet firm ClearFactr. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Why Goldman Sachs wants to fill your eyeglass prescription," 4 June 2019 Money, for Macron, was something to move around on a spreadsheet. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 While paying off debt, the Patricks tracked their progress every Friday on a spreadsheet. Washington Post, "Millennial Money: What couples gain by merging finances," 11 June 2019 After inputting everyone’s suggestions on a spreadsheet, there was a consensus regarding rental period (six days), cost range ($10-$20 per piece), and aesthetic, according to Giridharadas. Sophia Markoulakis, SFChronicle.com, "Florists highlight floral displays in beautiful, custom vases that they rent," 7 June 2019 Before Sandy Hook, the gunman reportedly kept a spreadsheet of past mass shooters. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Isn’t Breathing the Name of the Christchurch Attacker," 20 Mar. 2019 The way baseball is being played, right now, the heroes are sitting behind computers, doing God only knows what to a spreadsheet. Greg Moore, azcentral, "As Diamondbacks slip, Torey Lovullo should lead the charge against shifts, analytics," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of spreadsheet

1981, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2019

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The first known use of spreadsheet was in 1981

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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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