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spreadsheet

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[spred-sheet]
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noun
  1. Accounting. a worksheet that is arranged in the manner of a mathematical matrix and contains a multicolumn analysis of related entries for easy reference on a single sheet.
  2. Computers.
    1. a type of software that offers the user a visual display of a simulated multicolumn worksheet and the means of using it especially for financial plans and budgets.
    2. a single document created with this software.
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Origin of spreadsheet

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  • There were personal computers and geeks for years before the spreadsheet came along.

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    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for spreadsheet

spreadsheet

noun
  1. a computer program that allows easy entry and manipulation of figures, equations, and text, used esp for financial planning and budgeting
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Word Origin and History for spreadsheet

n.

1982, from spread + sheet (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

spreadsheet in Culture

spreadsheet

Table of data arranged in columns and rows often used in business and financial applications. Spreadsheet software programs are widely used computer applications that allow the user to organize large amounts of data.

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