a portion or length of the trunk or of a large limb of a felled tree.
something inert, heavy, or not sentient.
any of various records, made in rough or finished form, concerning a trip made by a ship or aircraft and dealing with particulars of navigation, weather, engine performance, discipline, and other pertinent details; logbook.
Movies. an account describing or denoting each shot as it is taken, written down during production and referred to in editing the film.
a register of the operation of a machine.
Also called well log. a record kept during the drilling of a well, especially of the geological formations penetrated.
Computers. any of various chronological records made concerning the use of a computer system, the changes made to data, etc.
Radio and Television. a written account of everything transmitted by a station or network.
Also called log of wood. Australian Slang. a lazy, dull-witted person; fool.
to cut (trees) into logs: to log pine trees for fuel.
to cut down the trees or timber on (land): We logged the entire area in a week.
to enter in a log; compile; amass; keep a record of: to log a day's events.
to make (a certain speed), as a ship or airplane: We are logging 18 knots.
to travel for (a certain distance or a certain amount of time), according to the record of a log: We logged 30 miles the first day. He has logged 10,000 hours flying time.
to cut down trees and get out logs from the forest for timber: to log for a living.
Also log on, sign on. Computers. to enter identifying data, as a username or password, into a database, mobile device, or computer, especially a multiuser computer or a remote or networked system, so as to to access and use it: Log in to start your work session. Log in to your account to pay your bill online.
to enter or include any item of information or data in a record, account, etc.
log off / out Computers. to terminate a session.
- loggish, adjective
- un·logged, adjective
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How to use log in a sentence
Turn off the TV, put down your phone, and log off the computer.
The young man weaves through clusters of bamboo and cuts a diagonal slash into a tree, positioning a hollow log at the end.
Official Donetsk Republic business was log-jammed because the high command had only one stamp for documents and identity papers.
One morning a few years ago, the editor left his apartment to find an ax stuck into a log on his doorstep.The Kremlin Is Killing Echo of Moscow, Russia’s Last Independent Radio Station | Anna Nemtsova | November 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Spires gather data every time somebody uses them; they log each “product.”
You see, I stuck to him like a log to a root, but for the first week or so 'twant no use—not a bit.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Neither of us spoke again, and at length the squat log buildings of Pend d' Oreille loomed ahead of us in the night.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
“There are no sahib-log in the town,” he said, for Malcolm deemed it advisable to begin by a question on that score.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
In the centre was a log-house, larger and more pretentious than many log-houses which he had seen in the South.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Instead, he came to me and lifted to my knee one of those ponderous feet of his, and tried to pull me from my log.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for log (1 of 3)
a section of the trunk or a main branch of a tree, when stripped of branches
(modifier) constructed out of logs: a log cabin
a detailed record of a voyage of a ship or aircraft
a record of the hours flown by pilots and aircrews
a book in which these records are made; logbook
a written record of information about transmissions kept by radio stations, amateur radio operators, etc
a device consisting of a float with an attached line, formerly used to measure the speed of a ship: See also chip log
heave the log to determine a ship's speed with such a device
Australian a claim for better pay and conditions presented by a trade union to an employer
like a log without stirring or being disturbed (in the phrase sleep like a log)
(tr) to fell the trees of (a forest, area, etc) for timber
(tr) to saw logs from (trees)
(intr) to work at the felling of timber
(tr) to enter (a distance, event, etc) in a logbook or log
(tr) to record the punishment received by (a sailor) in a logbook
(tr) to travel (a specified distance or time) or move at (a specified speed)
British Dictionary definitions for log (2 of 3)
short for logarithm
British Dictionary definitions for -log (3 of 3)
a US variant of -logue
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Scientific definitions for log
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Other Idioms and Phrases with log
In addition to the idiom beginning with log
- log in
- easy as pie (rolling off a log)
- like a bump on a log
- sleep like a log
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