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ledger

[ lej-er ]
/ ˈlɛdʒ ɛr /
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noun
Bookkeeping. an account book or digital file of final entry, in which business transactions are recorded: The Controller must oversee, review, and approve of all posting of financial activity into the General Ledger.
Computers. a decentralized public database of permanent records of financial transactions, distributed over a network and typically having the form of a blockchain, used especially in cryptocurrency systems: When users send or receive a payment in bitcoin, network nodes verify the transaction and then record it in a shared public ledger.
Building Trades.
  1. a horizontal board attached to a wall to support the ends of the joists of another structure such as a deck, porch, roof, etc.: As the cause of the porch’s collapse, the inspector cited a ledger attached with improper screws.
  2. (in scaffolding) a horizontal board or metal tube attached to uprights, either to support the ends of the boards of a platform or for use as a handrail: Arrange the ledgers so the platforms slope slightly outwards, carrying rain away from the face of the building.
  3. ribbon (def. 8).
Also called ledger stone . a flat slab of stone laid over a grave or tomb: I had a Bible verse engraved on his ledger, ending with the words “Rest in peace.”
Also leg·er .Angling, Chiefly British. 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: If fishing for bass in particular, the ledger is preferred.
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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)

ledger
/ (ˈlɛdʒə) /

noun
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
angling
  1. a wire trace that allows the weight to rest on the bottom and the bait to float freely
  2. (as modifier)ledger tackle
verb
(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)

Ledger
/ (ˈlɛdʒə) /

noun
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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