[ law-ging, log-ing ]
/ ˈlɔ gɪŋ, ˈlɒg ɪŋ /


the process, work, or business of cutting down trees and transporting the logs to sawmills.
Nautical. a deduction from the pay of a sailor, made as a fine or forfeit and recorded in the logbook of the ship.

Nearby words

  1. loggerhead shrike,
  2. loggerhead turtle,
  3. loggerheads,
  4. loggets,
  5. loggia,
  6. logging stone,
  7. loggy,
  8. logi,
  9. logia,
  10. logic

Origin of logging

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; log1 + -ing1

Origin of log

1350–1400; Middle English logge, variant of lugge pole, limb of tree; compare obsolete logget pole; see lugsail, logbook

Related formslog·gish, adjectiveun·logged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for logging


/ (ˈlɒɡɪŋ) /


the work of felling, trimming, and transporting timber


/ (lɒɡ) /


verb logs, logging or logged

Word Origin for log

C14: origin obscure


/ (lɒɡ) /


short for logarithm
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Word Origin and History for logging
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Science definitions for logging


[ lôg ]

A logarithm.
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Idioms and Phrases with logging


In addition to the idiom beginning with log

  • log in

also see:

  • easy as pie (rolling off a log)
  • like a bump on a log
  • sleep like a log
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