- any of various devices for determining the speed of a ship by means of a vaned rotor streamed at the end of a log line upon which it exerts a torsion transmitted to a registering device on board.
Origin of patent log
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called screw log.
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He could find his way along the coast by compass and patent-log, but to steer an ocean course was another thing.Wyndham's Pal
- nautical any of several mechanical devices for measuring the speed of a vessel and the distance travelled, consisting typically of a trailing rotor that registers its rotations on a meterCompare chip log
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