Pronunciation: (pā'rōl"), [key]
1. a list of employees to be paid, with the amount due to each.
2. the sum total of these amounts.
3. the actual money on hand for distribution: The bandits got away with the payroll.
4. the total number of people employed by a business firm or organization.
to fund or subsidize: to be payrolled by the State Department.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.