Definition of journal
1a : a daily newspaper —usually used in titles The Wall Street Journalb : a periodical dealing especially with matters of current interest an academic journal —often used in titles The Journal of the American Medical Association
2a : a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use : diaryb : a record of current transactions; especially : a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeepingc : an account of day-to-day eventsd : a record of transactions kept by a deliberative or legislative bodye : log 3f : log 4
3 : the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing
Examples of journal in a Sentence
I've been keeping a journal for several years.
She records her dreams in a journal.
Recent Examples of journal from the Web
It was then translated back into English to be excerpted in a Surrealist journal in 1944.
A 31-year-old man with a new tattoo died after contracting a a flesh-eating bacteria while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, British medical journals are reporting.
On Wednesday, the journal published an editor’s note about the 1980 letter and an analysis from Canadian researchers of how often it has been cited — more than 600 times, often inaccurately.
While full-year light-vehicle sales rose by 70,882 vehicles, according to researcher Autodata Corp., total fleet sales increased by about 108,440 units, according to trade journal Automotive News.
A study last year in the journal Nature Climate Change said America will probably only reach four-fifths of that goal.
Or the high school typing teacher who assigned students to write a journal their junior year that led to Reid filling volumes of them over the years — including as recently as last week.
A trio of researchers have waded though more than half a century of research published in astronomy journals and found that studies authored by women receive 10 percent fewer citations than similar studies written by men.
His books, journal articles and television appearances propelled him to the fore of Democratic Party foreign policy circles.
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Origin and Etymology of journal
Middle English, service book containing the day hours, from Anglo-French jurnal, from jurnal, adjective, daily, from Latin diurnalis, from diurnus of the day, from dies day — more at deity
First Known Use: 15th century
JOURNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of journal for English Language Learners
: a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts
: a newspaper
: a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group of people
JOURNAL Defined for Kids
Definition of journal for Students
1 : a brief record (as in a diary) of daily happenings
2 : a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group
3 : a daily newspaper
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