Definition of ledger in English:

ledger

Syllabification: ledg·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlejər
 
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noun

1A book or other collection of financial accounts of a particular type: the total balance of the purchases ledger
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  • These two ledgers were scanned and the optimized images imported.
  • There are times when items will go directly to the general ledger without any subledger posting.
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Synonyms
book, account book, record book, register, log, accounts; records, books; balance sheet, financial statement
2A flat stone slab covering a grave.
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  • Photographs show her on her bier and her ledger stone carved with her name.
  • George VI's coffin lies beneath a black marble ledger stone, which has had the dates of the Queen Mother's birth and death added to it.
  • Mullins' grave, covered by a large, brown granite ledger, is behind the headstone.
3A horizontal scaffolding pole, parallel to the face of a building.
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  • The girder is in a position parallel to the ledger and supports the opposite end of the joists.
  • The top men did the scaffolding - with their poles and their ledgers.
  • To do this you need to make marks, called layout marks, on the ledger and girder that show where each joist will be located.

Origin

late Middle English legger, ligger (denoting a large bible or breviary), probably from variants of lay1 and lie1, influenced by Dutch legger and ligger. Current senses date from the 16th century.

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