[n] the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business
[n] a system that provides quantitative information about finances
[n] a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes; "he was unable to give a clear accounting for his actions"
[n] a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; "they send me an accounting every month"
[n] a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts
account, account book, accrual basis, audit, audited account, balance, balance of international payments, balance of payments, book, book of account, bookkeeping, business, capital account, cash basis, clerking, control account, cost accounting, credit side, current account, debit side, entry, expense account, explanation, financial statement, inventory accounting, job, ledger, ledger entry, leger, limited review, line, line of work, occupation, pooling of interest, profit and loss, profit and loss account, register, review, statement, suspense account, system, system of rules, travel and entertainment account