from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thin, flat piece of board in the form of a quadrant of a circle attached to the log line; -- called also log-ship. See 2d log, n., 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The board, in the form of a quadrant, attached to a log-line. See log. Also, erroneously, log-ship.
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With the old hand-log, its line running out while the sand sped its way through the fourteen-seconds glass, the log-beaver might sometimes, by judicious "feeding" -- hurrying the line under the plea of not dragging the log-chip -- squeeze a little more record out of the log-line than the facts warranted; and Smith seemed to feel I might have done a little better for the watch and for the ship.