a portion or length of the trunk or of a large limb of a felled tree: Put another log on the fire. We dragged logs from the forest and lashed them together to make a raft.
something resembling a log, as in shape or weight: Mix the softened butter and sage together, then put it on wax paper and roll it into a log.
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 record of a machine's operation, maintenance, etc.: The log shows the date of each inspection of the roller coaster, any problems noticed, and all repairs made.If using the photocopier for personal documents, please write your initials and the number of pages in the log.
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: The villagers logged 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 logbook or record; keep a record of: While at camp I logged each day’s events in a journal.
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 a record kept of one or more trips: We logged 30 miles the first day.
to amass (a certain amount of time, number of events, or the like) working in a particular field or engaging in a particular type of activity: She has logged 26 years of teaching experience at the college level.He logged 17 shows as a model before changing careers.
to cut down trees and remove them from the forest for timber: He logs for a living.The company has been logging in Oregon for decades.
Also log on, sign on. Digital Technology. to enter identifying data, such 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 access and use it: Log in to start your work session. Log in to your account to pay your bill online.: See Usage note at login.
to enter or include any item of information or data in a record, account, etc.: Once the day’s stats have been logged in, let the captain see the logbook.
log off / out Digital Technology. to terminate a session.
- log·gish, adjective
- un·logged, adjective
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How to use log in a sentence
If accounts conflict, NSO can demand logs that reveal targets.The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows | Bobbie Johnson | August 19, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
These logs don’t contain the content the spyware extracted, like chats or emails—NSO insists it never sees specific intelligence—but do include metadata such as a list of all the phones the spyware tried to infect and their locations at the time.
Another reason to use a log scale is that it allows scientists to show data easily.
Filebeat will be needed to interpret your logs before you send them to Elasticsearch.How SEOs can create a free server log dashboard to better understand incoming traffic to your website | Jean-Christophe Chouinard | August 3, 2020 | Search Engine Land
This approach harnesses the power of Elasticsearch to help create powerful visualizations using your log files.How SEOs can create a free server log dashboard to better understand incoming traffic to your website | Jean-Christophe Chouinard | August 3, 2020 | Search Engine Land
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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