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[jur-nl] /ˈdʒɜr nl/
a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations:
She kept a journal during her European trip.
a newspaper, especially a daily one.
a periodical or magazine, especially one published for a special group, learned society, or profession: the October issue of The English Journal.
a record, usually daily, of the proceedings and transactions of a legislative body, an organization, etc.
  1. a daybook.
  2. (in the double-entry method) a book into which all transactions are entered from the daybook or blotter to facilitate posting into the ledger.
Nautical. a log or logbook.
Machinery. the portion of a shaft or axle contained by a plain bearing.
1325-75; Middle English < Old French journal daily (adj. and noun) < Late Latin diurnālis diurnal
Related forms
journalary, adjective
journalish, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for journal


a newspaper or periodical
a book in which a daily record of happenings, etc, is kept
an official record of the proceedings of a legislative body
  1. Also called Book of Original Entry. one of several books in which transactions are initially recorded to facilitate subsequent entry in the ledger
  2. another name for daybook
the part of a shaft or axle in contact with or enclosed by a bearing
a plain cylindrical bearing to support a shaft or axle
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: daily, from Latin diurnālis; see diurnal
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Word Origin and History for journal

mid-14c., "book of church services," from Anglo-French jurnal "a day," from Old French jornel, "day, time; day's work," noun use of adjective meaning "daily," from Late Latin diurnalis "daily" (see diurnal). Meaning "book for inventories and daily accounts" is late 15c.; that of "personal diary" is c.1600, from a sense found in French. Meaning "daily publication" is from 1728.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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journal in Technology

operating system
An on-going record of transactions, such as database updates, file system writes, procedure calls or message transmissions. A journal differs from a simple log in that the contents of the journal can be used to reconstruct the state of the system after a failure by re-applying the transactions in the journal to a snapshot of the system previous state.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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