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English Dictionary: logical by the DICT Development Group
4 results for logical
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
logical
adj
  1. capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning; "a logical mind"
    Antonym(s): illogical, unlogical
  2. based on known statements or events or conditions; "rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"
    Synonym(s): legitimate, logical
  3. marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts; "a coherent argument"
    Synonym(s): coherent, consistent, logical, ordered
    Antonym(s): incoherent
  4. capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner; "a lucid thinker"; "she was more coherent than she had been just after the accident"
    Synonym(s): coherent, logical, lucid
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Logical \Log"ic*al\, a. [Cf. F. logique, L. logicus, Gr. [?].]
      1. Of or pertaining to logic; used in logic; as, logical
            subtilties. --Bacon.
  
      2. According to the rules of logic; as, a logical argument or
            inference; the reasoning is logical. --Prior.
  
      3. Skilled in logic; versed in the art of thinking and
            reasoning; as, he is a logical thinker. --Addison.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   logical adj.   [from the technical term `logical device',
   wherein a physical device is referred to by an arbitrary `logical'
   name] Having the role of.   If a person (say, Les Earnest at SAIL)
   who had long held a certain post left and were replaced, the
   replacement would for a while be known as the `logical' Les Earnest.
   (This does not imply any judgment on the replacement.)   Compare
   {virtual}.
  
      At Stanford, `logical' compass directions denote a coordinate
   system in which `logical north' is toward San Francisco, `logical
   west' is toward the ocean, etc., even though logical north varies
   between physical (true) north near San Francisco and physical west
   near San Jose.   (The best rule of thumb here is that, by definition,
   El Camino Real always runs logical north-and-south.)   In giving
   directions, one might say: "To get to Rincon Tarasco restaurant, get
   onto {El Camino Bignum} going logical north."   Using the word
   `logical' helps to prevent the recipient from worrying about that
   the fact that the sun is setting almost directly in front of him.
   The concept is reinforced by North American highways which are
   almost, but not quite, consistently labeled with logical rather than
   physical directions.   A similar situation exists at MIT: Route 128
   (famous for the electronics industry that has grown up along it) is
   a 3-quarters circle surrounding Boston at a radius of 10 miles,
   terminating near the coastline at each end.   It would be most
   precise to describe the two directions along this highway as
   `clockwise' and `counterclockwise', but the road signs all say
   "north" and "south", respectively.   A hacker might describe these
   directions as `logical north' and `logical south', to indicate that
   they are conventional directions not corresponding to the usual
   denotation for those words.   (If you went logical south along the
   entire length of route 128, you would start out going northwest,
   curve around to the south, and finish headed due east, passing along
   one infamous stretch of pavement that is simultaneously route 128
   south and Interstate 93 north, and is signed as such!)
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   logical
  
      (From the technical term "logical device", wherein a physical
      device is referred to by an arbitrary "logical" name) Having
      the role of.   If a person (say, Les Earnest at SAIL) who had
      long held a certain post left and were replaced, the
      replacement would for a while be known as the "logical" Les
      Earnest.   (This does not imply any judgment on the
      replacement).
  
      Compare {virtual}.
  
      At Stanford, "logical" compass directions denote a coordinate
      system in which "logical north" is toward San Francisco,
      "logical west" is toward the ocean, etc., even though logical
      north varies between physical (true) north near San Francisco
      and physical west near San Jose.   (The best rule of thumb here
      is that, by definition, El Camino Real always runs logical
      north-and-south.)   In giving directions, one might say: "To
      get to Rincon Tarasco restaurant, get onto {El Camino Bignum}
      going logical north."   Using the word "logical" helps to
      prevent the recipient from worrying about that the fact that
      the sun is setting almost directly in front of him.   The
      concept is reinforced by North American highways which are
      almost, but not quite, consistently labelled with logical
      rather than physical directions.
  
      A similar situation exists at MIT: Route 128 (famous for the
      electronics industry that has grown up along it) is a
      3-quarters circle surrounding Boston at a radius of 10 miles,
      terminating near the coastline at each end.   It would be most
      precise to describe the two directions along this highway as
      "clockwise" and "counterclockwise", but the road signs all say
      "north" and "south", respectively.   A hacker might describe
      these directions as "logical north" and "logical south", to
      indicate that they are conventional directions not
      corresponding to the usual denotation for those words.   (If
      you went logical south along the entire length of route 128,
      you would start out going northwest, curve around to the
      south, and finish headed due east, passing along one infamous
      stretch of pavement that is simultaneously route 128 south and
      Interstate 93 north, and is signed as such!)
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
      (1995-01-24)
  
  
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