a. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.
b. An official record of daily proceedings, as of a legislative body.
c. Nautical A ship's log.
a. A daybook.
b. A book of original entry in a double-entry system, listing all transactions and indicating the accounts to which they belong.
3. A newspaper.
4. A periodical presenting articles on a particular subject: a medical journal.
5. The part of a machine shaft or axle supported by a bearing.
v. jour·naled or jour·nalled, journaling, journals
To write one's observations or thoughts in a journal: spent all day journaling about the trip.
[Middle English, breviary, from Old French, daily, breviary, from Late Latin diurnālis, daily; see DIURNAL.]
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