Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually large section of a trunk or limb of a fallen or felled tree.
  • n. A long thick section of trimmed, unhewn timber.
  • n. Nautical A device trailed from a ship to determine its speed through the water.
  • n. Nautical A record of a ship's speed, its progress, and any shipboard events of navigational importance.
  • n. Nautical The book in which this record is kept.
  • n. A record of a vehicle's performance, as the flight record of an aircraft.
  • n. A record, as of the performance of a machine or the progress of an undertaking: a computer log; a trip log.
  • transitive v. To cut down, trim, and haul the timber of (a piece of land).
  • transitive v. To cut (timber) into unhewn sections.
  • transitive v. To enter in a record, as of a ship or an aircraft.
  • transitive v. To travel (a specified distance, time, or speed): logged 30,000 air miles in April.
  • transitive v. To spend or accumulate (time): had logged 25 years with the company.
  • intransitive v. To cut down, trim, and haul timber.
  • in To enter into a computer the information required to begin a session.
  • out To enter into a computer the command to end a session.
  • n. A logarithm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. logarithm
  • n. The trunk of a dead tree, cleared of branches.
  • n. Any bulky piece as cut from the above, used as timber, fuel etc.
  • n. Anything shaped like a log; a cylinder.
  • n. A floating device, usually of wood, used in navigation to estimate the speed of a vessel through water.
  • n. A logbook.
  • n. A blockhead, very dumb person.
  • n. A longboard.
  • n. A rolled cake with filling.
  • n. A bowel movement.
  • v. To cut trees into logs
  • v. To cut down (trees).
  • v. To travel at a specified speed, as ascertained by chip log
  • v. To cut down trees in an area, harvesting and transporting the logs as wood
  • n. A logbook, or journal of a vessel (or aircraft)'s progress
  • n. A chronological record of actions, performances, computer/network usage, etc.
  • v. To make, to add an entry (or more) in a log(book).
  • v. To travel (a distance) as shown in a logbook
  • v. To move to and fro; to rock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Hebrew measure of liquids, containing 2.37 gills.
  • n. A bulky piece of wood which has not been shaped by hewing or sawing.
  • n. An apparatus for measuring the rate of a ship's motion through the water.
  • n. The record of the rate of speed of a ship or airplane, and of the course of its progress for the duration of a voyage; also, the full nautical record of a ship's cruise or voyage; a log slate; a log book.
  • n. A record and tabulated statement of the person(s) operating, operations performed, resources consumed, and the work done by any machine, device, or system.
  • n. A weight or block near the free end of a hoisting rope to prevent it from being drawn through the sheave.
  • n. A record of activities performed within a program, or changes in a database or file on a computer, and typically kept as a file in the computer.
  • intransitive v. To engage in the business of cutting or transporting logs for timber; to get out logs.
  • intransitive v. To move to and fro; to rock.
  • transitive v. To enter in a ship's log book.
  • transitive v. To record any event in a logbook, especially an event relating to the operation of a machine or device.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bulky piece or stick of unhewn timber; a length of wood as cut from the trunk or a large limb of a tree; specifically, an unsplit stick of timber with butted ends ready for sawing.
  • n. Figuratively, a dull, heavy, stolid, or stupid person.
  • Constructed of logs; consisting of logs: as, a log cabin; a log fort or bridge.
  • To cut into logs.
  • To cut down trees and get out logs from the forest for sawing into boards, etc.: as, to engage in logging.
  • To record or enter in the log-book.
  • To exhibit by the indication of the log, as a rate of speed by the hour: as, the ship logs ten knots.
  • To move to and fro; rock. See logging-rock.
  • Nautical, to enter in a log-book the name of a man, with his offense and the penalty attached to it; hence, to fine.
  • n. Nautical, an apparatus for measuring the rapidity of a ship's motion.
  • n. Hence The record of a ship's progress, or a tabulated summary of the performance of the engines and boilers, etc.; a log-book.
  • n. A Hebrew liquid measure, the seventy-second part of a bath, or about a pint. It seems to have been of Babylonian origin, being one sixtieth of a maxis.
  • n. The abbreviation of logarithm. Thus, log. 3 = 0.4771213 is an equation giving the value of the logarithm of 3.
  • n. plural A jail (formerly built of logs).
  • n.
  • n. In tailoring, a document which fixes the time to be credited to journeymen for making a specified kind of garment, the men being paid nominally by the hour. N. E. D. Also attributive: as, a log shop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. measuring instrument that consists of a float that trails from a ship by a knotted line in order to measure the ship's speed through the water
  • v. enter into a log, as on ships and planes
  • n. a written record of events on a voyage (of a ship or plane)
  • n. a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches
  • n. a written record of messages sent or received
  • v. cut lumber, as in woods and forests
  • n. the exponent required to produce a given number

Etymologies

Middle English logge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English logge, of unknown origin. That it descends from Old Norse lág ("a felled tree") is widely doubted on phonological grounds; an alternative is sound expression of the notion of something massive. (Wiktionary)
From logbook, itself from log (above) + book (Wiktionary)

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  • Algebra How can I solve this equation: 0 = 80+20*log10 (1 / X) 0 = 80 + 20 (log10 +log (1 / x) 0 = 80 + 20 (log 10 +log1 - logx) 0 = 80 + 20log10 +20 log1 - 20logx) 20logx = 80 + 20log10 +20 log1 logx = 4 + log10 + log1 us your superb math skills

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  • I've also got some log output: jim@obsidian: / var / log$ tail - f kern. log | grep - v ": link"

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  • For example, taking logs of the data is one such trick Y=XY can be transformed into the linear regression log(Y)=log(X)+log(Y) (you can have exponents on the X and Y but I didn’t want to unnecessarily complicate this example).

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  • The term log home is contemporary and preferred by most log home builders

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  • I agree that keeping a log is a great idea, but I'd never stick to it -- I know my limitations.

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  • Users create views of the log stream coming through the Server which we call log perspectives.

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  • I don't know why these keep occurring to me. Someone please help me...

    Kirk's eponymous notes
    As the Enterprise floats
    Past a nebula, crew all agog.
    A number with 'rithm
    Or a chart that's made with 'em
    It's log, log, log.

    November 5, 2007

  • Skipvia, you're an absolute poet. :-)

    October 22, 2007

  • Everyone wants a log.
    You're gonna need a log.

    See earworm.

    Love the new verses!

    October 22, 2007

  • Ok. One more.

    A logical process,
    A tree needing hospice,
    A rain forest home for a frog.
    To harvest some trees,
    To keep track fees,
    It's log, log, log.

    October 22, 2007

  • short for logarithm

    October 21, 2007

  • Oh my God, I can't stop...

    What sailors and captains
    Write as they are trapped in
    A dense and surrounding sea fog.
    A kind of a stick
    But short and quite thick
    It's log, log, log.

    October 21, 2007

  • It's from Ren and Stimpy.

    October 21, 2007

  • That's twice tonight that you have made me laugh out loud. Where did you get this one?

    Wordie challenge: make up some new verses. I'll start.

    "A number essentially
    raised up exponentially
    Or a steaming pile left by your dog.
    Some words in a book
    of a trip that you took,
    It's log, log, log.

    October 21, 2007

  • What rolls down stairs,
    alone or in pairs,
    and over your neighbor's dog?
    What's great for a snack?
    and fits on your back,
    It's log, log, log.
    It's log, log.
    It's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
    It's log, log.
    It's better than bad, it's good.

    October 21, 2007