accounting
A broad term that encompasses the preparation, analysis, and audit of financial information. The many specialisms of accounting include auditing, *consulting, *cost accounting, *financial accounting, *management accounting, *public accounting, *public sector accounting, and *taxation. Although accounting covers many disciplines, professional accounting retains a rather dull image - an old joke (quoted in Fox, 2003, 181) has defined an "extroverted accountant" as "one who stared at the client’s shoes while speaking instead of staring at his own shoes."

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  • accounting — ac·count·ing n 1: an often court ordered presentment or examination of accounts a complete accounting would be necessary to determine the nature of the expenditures Case & Comment 2: the settlement by judicial action of the assets of a… …   Law dictionary

  • accounting — (n.) reckoning of numbers, late 14c., from prp. of ACCOUNT (Cf. account) (v.). Phrase no accounting for tastes (1823) translates Latin de gustibus non est disputandum …   Etymology dictionary

  • accounting — accounting; re·accounting; …   English syllables

  • accounting — [n] keeping financial accounts auditing, balancing the books*, bookkeeping, calculating, computing, reckoning; concepts 28,764 …   New thesaurus

  • accounting — ► NOUN ▪ the keeping of financial accounts …   English terms dictionary

  • accounting — [ə kount′iŋ] n. 1. the principles or practice of systematically recording, presenting, and interpreting financial accounts 2. a statement of debits and credits 3. a settling or balancing of accounts …   English World dictionary

  • accounting — /euh kown ting/, n. 1. the theory and system of setting up, maintaining, and auditing the books of a firm; art of analyzing the financial position and operating results of a business house from a study of its sales, purchases, overhead, etc.… …   Universalium

  • accounting — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Keeping of financial records Nouns 1. (act of accounting) accounting, accountance, accountancy, bookkeeping, audit, calculation (See numeration), commercial or business arithmetic; cost or managerial… …   English dictionary for students

  • accounting — An act or a system of making up or settling accounts, consisting of a statement of account with debits and credits arising from relationship of parties. State ex rel. King v. Harvey, Miss., 214 So.2d 817, 819. Rendition of an account, either… …   Black's law dictionary

  • accounting — An act or a system of making up or settling accounts, consisting of a statement of account with debits and credits arising from relationship of parties. State ex rel. King v. Harvey, Miss., 214 So.2d 817, 819. Rendition of an account, either… …   Black's law dictionary

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