from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The line in a financial statement that shows net income or loss.
- n. The final result or statement; upshot: "The bottom line, however, is that he has escaped” ( David Wise).
- n. The main or essential point: "A lot can happen between now and December, but the bottom line—for now—is that the city is still heading toward default” ( New York).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The final balance; the amount of money or profit left after everything has been tallied.
- n. The summary or result; the most important information; the upshot; the net-net.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the last line in an audit; the line that shows profit or loss
- n. the decisive point
A reference to the literal bottom line of an income statement or other accounting record. (Wiktionary)