[ lej-er ]
/ ˈlɛdʒ ɛr /
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Bookkeeping. an account book of final entry, in which business transactions are recorded.
Building Trades.
  1. a horizontal timber fastened to the vertical uprights of a scaffold, to support the putlogs.
  2. ribbon (def. 8).
a flat slab of stone laid over a grave or tomb.
Also leger .Angling. a lead sinker with a hole in one end through which the line passes, enabling the bait and the sinker to rest on the bottom and allowing the fish to take the bait without detecting the sinker.



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Origin of ledger

First recorded in 1475–85; earlier legger “book,” probably equivalent to legg(en) “to set down, lay” + -er noun suffix; see lay1, -er1, ledge
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British Dictionary definitions for ledger (1 of 2)

/ (ˈlɛdʒə) /


accounting the principal book in which the commercial transactions of a company are recorded
a flat horizontal slab of stone
a horizontal scaffold pole fixed to two upright poles for supporting the outer ends of putlogs
  1. a wire trace that allows the weight to rest on the bottom and the bait to float freely
  2. (as modifier)ledger tackle


(intr) angling to fish using a ledger

Word Origin for ledger

C15 legger book retained in a specific place, probably from leggen to lay 1

British Dictionary definitions for ledger (2 of 2)

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Heath(cliffe) Andrew . 1979–2008, Australian film actor. His films include The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001) and Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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