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log
{{11}}log (n.1) unshaped large piece of tree, early 14c., of unknown origin. O.N. had lag "felled tree" (from stem of liggja "to lie"), but on phonological grounds many etymologists deny that this is the root of English log. Instead, they suggest an independent formation meant to "express the notion of something massive by a word of appropriate sound." OED compares CLOG (Cf. clog) (n.) in its original Middle English sense "lump of wood." Log cabin (1770) in Amer.Eng. has been a figure of the honest pioneer since the 1840 presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison. Falling off a log as a type of something easy to do is from 1839.
{{12}}log (n.2) "record of observations, readings, etc.," 1842, sailor's shortening of log-book "daily record of a ship's speed, progress, etc." (1670s), from LOG (Cf. log) (n.1) which is so called because a wooden float at the end of a line was cast out to measure a ship's speed. General sense by 1913.
{{12}}log (v.1) "to fell a tree," 1717; earlier "to strip a tree" (1690s), from LOG (Cf. log) (n.1). Related: Logged; LOGGING (Cf. logging).
{{13}}log (v.2) "to enter into a log-book," 1823, from LOG (Cf. log) (n.2). Meaning "to attain (a speed) as noted in a log" is recorded by 1883. Related: Logged; LOGGING (Cf. logging).

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  • Log — Log, n. [Icel. l[=a]g a felled tree, log; akin to E. lie. See {Lie} to lie prostrate.] 1. A bulky piece of wood which has not been shaped by hewing or sawing. [1913 Webster] 2. [Prob. the same word as in sense 1; cf. LG. log, lock, Dan. log, Sw.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • log — log1 [lôg, läg] n. [ME logge, prob. < or akin to ON lāg (Dan laag), felled tree < base of liggia, to lie, akin to OE licgan, to LIE1] 1. a section of the trunk or of a large branch of a felled tree, either in its natural state or cut up for …   English World dictionary

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