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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Campaign volunteers have been calling to cancel door-knocking and phone-banking shifts for Bredesen since his statement backing Kavanaugh, according to an internal spreadsheet maintained by the campaign and obtained by POLITICO. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 An internal MiMedx spreadsheet reviewed by the Journal and provided to federal investigators shows hundreds of company meals hosting thousands of doctors over 10 months in 2016. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "MiMedx Kept Cheaper Products Out of Its Offerings to VA Hospitals," 5 Oct. 2018 Yet the spreadsheets indicated market share was still hovering above a healthy 40%. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Bringing Up Baby’s Market Share at J&J," 27 Oct. 2018 Aiming to impress Dearborn, Weyeneth drove his interns hard to quickly create a spreadsheet of the names. Robert O'harrow Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "Promoted six times and then fired: A 24-year-old political appointee's wild ride in Trump's Washington," 15 June 2018 The first was that people often asked the same questions, and Milland had compiled a spreadsheet of answers that made these common questions quick to answer. Sarah Kessler, WIRED, "The Crazy Hacks One Woman Used to Make Money on Mechanical Turk," 12 June 2018 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

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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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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