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

  • n. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.
  • n. An official record of daily proceedings, as of a legislative body.
  • n. Nautical A ship's log.
  • n. Accounting A daybook.
  • n. Accounting A book of original entry in a double-entry system, listing all transactions and indicating the accounts to which they belong.
  • n. A newspaper.
  • n. A periodical presenting articles on a particular subject: a medical journal.
  • n. The part of a machine shaft or axle supported by a bearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Daily.
  • n. A diary or daily record of a person, organization, vessel etc.; daybook.
  • n. A newspaper or magazine dealing with a particular subject.
  • n. The part of a shaft or axle that rests on bearings.
  • n. A chronological record of changes made to a database or other system; along with a backup or image copy that allows recovery after a failure or reinstatement to a previous time; a log.
  • v. To archive or record something.
  • v. To scrapbook.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Daily; diurnal.
  • n. A diary; an account of daily transactions and events.
  • n. A book of accounts, in which is entered a condensed and grouped statement of the daily transactions.
  • n. A daily register of the ship's course and distance, the winds, weather, incidents of the voyage, etc.
  • n. The record of daily proceedings, kept by the clerk.
  • n. A newspaper published daily
  • n. That which has occurred in a day; a day's work or travel; a day's journey.
  • n. That portion of a rotating piece, as a shaft, axle, spindle, etc., which turns in a bearing or box. See Illust. of Axle box.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Daily; quotidian; diurnal.
  • n. A diary or daily record; an account of daily transactions or events; a book or paper containing such an account or made for entering it; any record of a series of transactions.
  • n. Specifically— In bookkeeping by double entry: A book in which every particular article or charge is distinctly entered from the day-book or blotter under each day's date, as a “debit” to a person and “credit” to a thing, or vice versa, and thus systematized or classed to facilitate posting to the ledger.
  • n. A day-book.
  • n. Nautical, a daily register of the ship's course and distance, the winds, the weather, and other circumstances
  • n. A newspaper or other periodical published daily; hence, any publication issued at successive periods containing reports or records of current events of any kind.
  • n. In mining, a record of the strata passed through in sinking.
  • n. A day's work or travel; a journey.
  • n. In machinery, that part of a shaft or axle which rests in the bearings. See first cut under axle-box.
  • pret. and pp. journaled or journalled, ppr. journaling or journalling.
  • In machinery, to insert, as a shaft, in a journal-bearing.
  • To enter in a journal.

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

  • n. a periodical dedicated to a particular subject
  • n. the part of the axle contained by a bearing
  • n. a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred
  • n. a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations
  • n. a record book as a physical object


Middle English, breviary, from Old French, daily, breviary, from Late Latin diurnālis, daily; see diurnal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French journal ("daily"), from Latin diurnālis, from diurnus ("of the day"), from diēs ("day"). Cognate with diurnal. (Wiktionary)



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  • If you're sinking, and waving your arms abour screaming, it must be hard to write a journal.

    January 10, 2013

  • "In mining, a record of the strata passed through in sinking." --CD&C

    January 10, 2013

  • In France, a traditional unit of land area equal to the area that could be plowed in a day (from the French jour, "day"). The unit varied from one region to another but was about 0.3 to 0.45 hectare (0.75 to 1.1 acres). Similar to the juchart, once used in Switzerland and southern Germany.

    November 6, 2007