Meaning of LOG in English


1. n. & v.


1. an unhewn piece of a felled tree, or a similar rough mass of wood, esp. cut for firewood.

2 a a float attached to a line wound on a reel for gauging the speed of a ship. b any other apparatus for the same purpose.

3 a record of events occurring during and affecting the voyage of a ship or aircraft (including the rate of a ship's progress shown by a log: see sense 2).

4 any systematic record of things done, experienced, etc.

5 LOGBOOK. (logged, logging)

1. a enter (the distance made or other details) in a ship's logbook. b enter details about (a person or event) in a logbook. c (of a ship) achieve (a certain distance).

2 a enter (information) in a regular record. b attain (a cumulative total of time etc. recorded in this way) (logged 50 hours on the computer).

3 cut into logs.

Phrases and idioms:

like a log

1. in a helpless or stunned state (fell like a log under the left hook).

2 without stirring (slept like a log). log cabin a hut built of logs. log in log on.


1. a crowded mass of logs in a river.

2 a deadlock. log-line a line to which a ship's log (see sense 2 a. of n.) is attached. log on (or off) go through the procedures to begin (or conclude) use of a computer system.

Etymology: ME: orig. unkn. 2. n. a logarithm (esp. prefixed to a number or algebraic symbol whose logarithm is to be indicated).

Etymology: abbr.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.