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patent log

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n patent log a cigar-shaped log with rotary fins that measure the ship's speed
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Usage

In literature:

The dial of the patent log tinkled periodically in the dark at the end of the ship.
"End of the Tether" by Joseph Conrad
The mechanism of the patent log hummed and clicked more obtrusively.
"Alias The Lone Wolf" by Louis Joseph Vance
With a log of wood for a pillow, one might sleep as on one of the patent mattresses.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
And after consultation with a signal boy, who came aft to read the patent log, we found that we were heading for that island.
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
Vandover went to the stern and for a time found amusement in watching the indicator of the patent log, and listening for its bell.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
He went aft, and found the mate just heaving the patent log.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
Mile after mile was covered as shown by the patent log.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
There was a patent log aboard; but I did not rig it.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
At sea in North Sea ship heading S x W, patent log bet.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
He could find his way along the coast by compass and patent-log, but to steer an ocean course was another thing.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
Weel, I ken where we started and put over the patent log.
"Kit Musgrave's Luck" by Harold Bindloss
They took their departure from Cape Flattery, and Donald streamed the patent taff-rail log.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
At the side of the vessels patent logs hung down into the water, to measure the velocity of the ship.
"The Atlantic Telegraph" by William Howard Russell
Means for operating log turners and log loaders appear in patents to Hill, No.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn
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