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Meaning of journal by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Old French journal ( “daily” ), from Latin diurnālis, from diurnus ( “of the day” ), from diēs ( “day” ). Cognate with diurnal .


    • enPR: jûrʹ-nəl, IPA: /ˈdʒɜrnəl/, X-SAMPA: /"dZ3rn@l/
      • ( Australia, UK ) IPA: [ˈdʒɜː.nəɫ], X-SAMPA: ["dZ3:.n@5]
      • ( US ) IPA: [ˈdʒɝ.nəɫ], [ˈdʒɝ.nɫ̩], X-SAMPA: ["dZ3`.n@5], ["dZ3`.n5=]
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( ɹ )nəl
    • Hyphenation: jour‧nal


    journal ( comparative more journal, superlative most journal )

    1. ( obsolete ) Daily.


    journal ( plural: journals )

    1. A diary or daily record of a person, organization, vessel etc.; daybook .
    2. A newspaper or magazine dealing with a particular subject .
    3. ( engineering ) The part of a shaft or axle that rests on bearings .
    4. ( computing ) 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 .

Explanation of journal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the part of the axle contained by a bearing

    2. a record book as a physical object

    3. a daily written record of ( usually personal ) experiences and observations

    4. a periodical dedicated to a particular subject

    5. he reads the medical journals
    6. a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred

    Definition of journal by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Journal a. [F., fr. L. diurnalis diurnal, fr. diurnus belonging to the day, fr. dies day. See Diurnal.] Daily; diurnal. [Obs.]

      Whiles from their journal labors they did rest. Spenser.

    2. Journal, n. [F. journal. See Journal, a.]

      1. A diary; an account of daily transactions and events. Specifically: ( Bookkeeping ) A book of accounts, in which is entered a condensed and grouped statement of the daily transactions. ( Naut. ) A daily register of the ship's course and distance, the winds, weather, incidents of the voyage, etc. ( Legislature ) The record of daily proceedings, kept by the clerk. A newspaper published daily; by extension, a weekly newspaper or any periodical publication, giving an account of passing events, the proceedings and memoirs of societies, etc.; a periodical; a magazine.

      2. That which has occurred in a day; a day's work or travel; a day's journey. [Obs. & R.] B. Jonson.

      3. ( Mach. ) That portion of a rotating piece, as a shaft, axle, spindle, etc., which turns in a bearing or box. See Illust. of Axle box.

      Journal box, or Journal bearing ( Mach. ) the carrier of a journal; the box in which the journal of a shaft, axle, or pin turns.