Definition of ledger in English:

ledger

noun

  • 1A book or other collection of financial accounts of a particular type.

    ‘the total balance of the purchases ledger’
    • ‘Drawing on data, which includes the physical dimensions of the building, the house rules, and the ledgers of the workhouse, a realistic portrayal of inmates' daily experiences can be constructed and interpreted.’
    • ‘Natural capital is a physical asset, like the roads or buildings listed on a city's ledger.’
    • ‘What follows is a list of Early National and Antebellum ledgers and day books from the North American manuscript holdings in the Department of Special Collections, University Libraries of Notre Dame.’
    • ‘After liberation he started a journey, working his way through the ledger and visiting every single man's family up and down the country, to confirm that their son or husband was dead and where, when and how it had happened.’
    • ‘These two ledgers were scanned and the optimized images imported.’
    • ‘The official club ledgers could accurately be described as the DNA of Everton Football Club.’
    • ‘The years covered by each of the ledgers, as well as the condition of each ledger, is discussed below.’
    • ‘She held out the ledger and spoke in a voice deliberately pitched too low to be overheard.’
    • ‘In 1427 Domenico matriculated into the Arte del Cambio, the same guild that had deleted Zanobi's name from its ledger decades earlier.’
    • ‘If double-entry accounting is the basis of a true accounting system, then the ledgers are the building blocks.’
    • ‘There are times when items will go directly to the general ledger without any subledger posting.’
    • ‘If you want to have a look at these ledgers or the cash book hit one of the hotwords below.’
    • ‘Samuel Otis, the first Secretary of the Senate, began the ledger in 1791.’
    • ‘Designed for double-entry bookkeeping, our software has full sales, purchase and nominal ledgers.’
    • ‘Batch transaction management ensures only balanced entries are posted to your ledger.’
    • ‘Its design lets users establish as many distinct ledgers as are required, such as projects, expenses, accounts payable and accounts receivable.’
    • ‘In respect of one option, he suggests that, on the tax side of the ledger, we could move towards a flatter tax structure.’
    • ‘He says that a lot of other old artifacts like weights and measures and some bank ledgers were sent to the central museum in Calcutta.’
    • ‘On all sides there's no lack of evidence - letters, diaries, minutes, double-entries in ledgers - but less of it was in Scots, and more in the ‘common tongue’.’
    • ‘Under the four-leg bookkeeping method all transactions, both cash and non-cash, were recorded in the journals and posted to the ledgers using double-entry procedures.’
    book, account book, record book, register, registry, log
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  • 2A flat stone slab covering a grave.

    • ‘Mullins' grave, covered by a large, brown granite ledger, is behind the headstone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Photographs show her on her bier and her ledger stone carved with her name.’
  • 3A horizontal scaffolding pole, parallel to the face of the building.

    • ‘The ‘Z’ flashing prevents water migration between ledger and building.’
    • ‘Once you have ascertained this, check once again to be sure the joists are still at right angles from the ledger and still level.’
    • ‘Before you install the ledger you will need to decide whether to hang the joists from the ledger or rest them on top.’
    • ‘You are now ready to temporarily attach the ledger to the wall, mark the corresponding holes on the siding, remove the ledger, and drill the holes in the siding.’
    • ‘To do this you need to make marks, called layout marks, on the ledger and girder that show where each joist will be located.’
    • ‘The girder is in a position parallel to the ledger and supports the opposite end of the joists.’
    • ‘If the pole is very long, add a supporting pole bracket in the middle, attached to the ledger.’
    • ‘The studs were stained and new 2x2 horizontal wood ledgers were screwed to them.’
    • ‘If we were discussing the attachment of a support ledger or shear bracing, the choice of screws could be consequential.’
    • ‘Deck panels were then set up and connected to the ledger.’
    • ‘The bottom of the ledger should be on the chalk line.’
    • ‘The top men did the scaffolding - with their poles and their ledgers.’

Origin

Late Middle English legger, ligger (denoting a large bible or breviary), probably from variants of lay and lie, influenced by Dutch legger and ligger. Current senses date from the 16th century, except the fishing senses, known from the 17th century.

Pronunciation

ledger

/ˈlejər//ˈlɛdʒər/