I recently read a passage which has a sentence

The fire was located in the basement and the four-story building was heavily smoke logged, he said.

I understand all words except the "logged". It seems that no meaning in the dictionary fits it. struggle on it.

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Smoke-logged (generally would have a hyphen) means filled or almost filled with smoke. Like water-logged, which means filled with water.


To be "smoke logged" just means to be filled with smoke.

The term "smoke logged" as used in Figure 1 refers to a compartment that is filled (or largely filled) with smoke. (Source: Reading the Fire: Smoke and Air Track)

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    Looks like this is a technical usage unique to firefighters - I've never heard it before; in ordinary conversation this use of "-logged" to mean "saturated with" is only ever used in "water-logged". No wonder the original poster couldn't find it in the dictionary.
    – A. B.
    Commented May 28, 2021 at 10:55
  • @A.B. Absolutely. I admit I had to Google and read 2 or 3 sources to make sure I get it right.
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented May 28, 2021 at 16:22

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