from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a line or cord, from 150 to 200 fathoms in length, fastened to the log-chip by means of three legs of cord, and wound on a reel, called the log-recl. See log.


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  • Just as you said, people want to know the essence of the story before they buy a book or commit to reading it – a great log-line will help you at every step of the way. on 29 Mar 2010 at 6: 20 pm Samantha Clark

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  • Quite methodically, just as part of the day's work, the steward chopped down with his knife, catching the log-line between the steel edge and the rail.


  • Bill Quigley had managed to catch the lazily moving log-line and were clinging to it.


  • Whatever it was, I knew that it was climbing aboard by the log-line.

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  • And if that log-line gives you chills, remember that the Duplasses were responsible for such cutting-edge, indie projects as The Puffy Chair and Baghead.

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  • Unfortunately, the story of Inception, however fanciful and intriguing in log-line terms and even in the movie trailers, doesn't deliver and takes us through a meandering morass of sometimes mishmash proportions that had me looking at my watch several times throughout its overlong two hour twenty minute length.

    Michael Russnow: Inception's Getting a Lot of Buzz: But as a Conception Doesn't Stand the Test

  • Of course, we all said "Current;" but why didn't the log-line trail?

    The Ship That Saw a Ghost

  • I didn't see the evil of the drink then; I didn't see how the habit keeps winding its little cords round and round a man, till what begins as thin as a log-line, becomes in the end as thick as a hawser.

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  • The division of knots on the log-line bear the same proportion to a mile, as the twenty-eight or fourteen seconds of the glass does to an hour of time; so, if the four-knot mark be to hand, and the "long" glass be used, she is going four knots, or nautical miles, per hour.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • Two sand-glasses are used in connection with the log-line, as the old quartermaster, who was our instructor in this branch of our nautical education, explained, the one called "the long glass," which runs out in twenty-eight seconds, while the other is a fourteen-second glass, which is generally adopted at sea when the ship is going over five knots with

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