ledger

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From Middle English lygger, leger ‎(large breviary, beam), probably from leyen, leggen ‎(to lay), akin to Dutch legger ‎(layer, daybook) (from leggen ‎(to lay), liggen ‎(to lie(as in lying down, not as in being dishonest)), English ledge, lie ‎(to be prostrate)).

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ledger ‎(plural ledgers)

  1. A book for keeping notes, especially one for keeping accounting records.
  2. (accounting) A collection of accounting entries consisting of credits and debits.
  3. (construction) A board attached to a wall to provide support for attaching other structural elements (such as deck joists or roof rafters) to the building.
  4. A large flat stone, especially one laid over a tomb.
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