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Dead reckoning   /dɛd rˈɛkənɪŋ/   Listen
Dead reckoning

An estimate based on little or no information.  Synonyms: guess, guessing, guesswork, shot.
Navigation without the aid of celestial observations.

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"Dead reckoning" Quotes from Famous Books

... voyage is on the track of the trade winds nevertheless needs more than dead reckoning for his course; he needs to take the sun at noon, to study the heavens at night, and to con his chart. To follow one's interior drift only is to sail the ocean without chart or compass. The sail that is wafted by ...
— Life of Father Hecker • Walter Elliott

... you sailing? Have you marked the course since last night and posted it? Where are your charts— your maps? How do you expect to make Rainbow Lake without some kind of charts? Are you going by dead reckoning?" ...
— The Outdoor Girls at Rainbow Lake • Laura Lee Hope

... examined his books and his loose papers, but with no success. I was encouraged. During that week I got as far as the Sixth Comptroller in that division; the next week I got through the Claims Department; the third week I began and completed the Mislaid Contracts Department, and got a foothold in the Dead Reckoning Department. I finished that in three days. There was only one place left for it now. I laid siege to the Commissioner of Odds and Ends. To his clerk, rather—he was not there himself. There were sixteen beautiful young ladies in the room, writing in books, and there were seven well-favored ...
— Innocents abroad • Mark Twain

... of any particular individual. In the full daylight Elephant Island showed cold and severe to the north-north-west. The island was on the bearings that Worsley had laid down, and I congratulated him on the accuracy of his navigation under difficult circumstances, with two days dead reckoning while following a devious course through the pack- ice and after drifting during two nights at the mercy of wind and waves. The 'Stancomb Wills' came up and McIlroy reported that Blackborrow's feet were very ...
— South! • Sir Ernest Shackleton

... By dead reckoning the hour was two, or something later; and a chill was stealing in upon the land, wafted gently southward from Long Island Sound. All the world beside himself seemed to slumber, breathless, insensate. Wraith-like, grey shreds of mist drifted between ...
— The Brass Bowl • Louis Joseph Vance

... cloudy for several days together, so that he can't take an observation with his sextant in all that time. Captains don't like it very well when it is cloudy for several days together, for then they have nothing to tell them just where the ship is, but what is called "dead reckoning." ...
— The Sandman: His Sea Stories • William J. Hopkins

Words linked to "Dead reckoning" :   guess, estimate, guessing, estimation, guesswork, piloting, pilotage, navigation, approximation, idea

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