dead reckoning

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dead reckoning navigation without the aid of celestial observations
    • n dead reckoning an estimate based on little or no information
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dead reckoning (Naut) the method of determining the place of a ship from a record kept of the courses sailed as given by compass, and the distance made on each course as found by log, with allowance for leeway, etc., without the aid of celestial observations.
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Usage

In literature:

I reckon he was dead when he hit the ground.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
My longitude, made by dead reckoning, from the island Tofoa to our passage through the reef, is 40 deg.
"A Narrative Of The Mutiny, On Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty; And The Subsequent Voyage Of Part Of The Crew, In The Ship's Boat" by William Bligh
I reckon he's dead by now.
"Edward FitzGerald and "Posh" "Herring Merchants"" by James Blyth
We had for many days been sailing entirely by dead reckoning, while the current had set us out of our course.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
We'll have to keep on by dead reckoning.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Now, I reckon I can show you how you can make a smart bit of a pile and do it dead easy.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
Since Suarez and Pacheco have not returned, we may also reckon them as dead men.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
I reckon I ain't sorry them old places are dead.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The bearing of an object on the coast from which a vessel commences her dead-reckoning and takes her departure.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I'm only guessing, doing dead reckoning on our motor speed.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Likely he reckons you a dead cert.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Before turning to his other patient, whom he reckoned as good as dead, Charley stepped outside the wigwam and cast a quick look around.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
We've been going all night on dead reckoning and we're not far off.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The rector could not fail to receive him back from the dead joyfully; but there would be the inevitable reckoning to pay.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
I'd have been as dead as Red Hamish himself, I reckon, in another twenty-four hours.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
The very fact that we may be reckoned dead unto sins means they may no longer live and reign in us.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
I reckon he was dead when he hit the ground.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
And yet one might as soon reckon on the dead coming to life, as for this denouement.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The distances given by Columbus are those of dead reckoning beyond any question.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
Reckon he's dead, though.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
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In poetry:

Out of all reckoning, out of dark and light,
Over the edges of dead Nows and Heres,
Blindly and softly, as a mistress might,
He keeps appointments with a million years.
"Out Of Time" by Kenneth Slessor

In news:

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the deadly Gulf of Mexico spill and pay a record $4.5 billion, including the biggest criminal fine in US history.
Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage.
Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do).
And to celebrate the return of the hit AMC show, a companion adventure game ' Dead Reckoning ' is now available to play for free.
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris.
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris brings another story about Sookie Stackhouse, the book series in which the HBO television series, "True Blood" was based on in " Dead Reckoning .
In the days when sailors had to find their speed in knots and dead reckoning could be fatal.
A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
YENI MAO dead reckoning gallery X560 ADVOCATE.COM.
Dead Reckoning is his entry into the almost decade-long resurgence of everything living dead, although Allain, 30, has been writing and drawing comics since he was a child.
' Reckoning for the Dead'.
" Reckoning for the Dead" is Jordan Dane's latest novel in her "Sweet Justice" series.
Dead Reckoning Author Charlaine Harris with True Blood's Sam Trammell-John Shearer/Getty Images.
If, as Karl Barth said, God may speak through a blossoming shrub or a dead dog, I reckon God may be found at rock festivals.
The Mars rover will rely on dead reckoning and radar to land on the Red Planet.
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In science:

The resulting pointing model has then to be built into the telescope or antenna control system, so that the demands to the servos are appropriately adjusted and accurate dead-reckoning acquisition of celestial targets brought about.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Needless to say, the software should process the navigation system as well, either using the image processing or dead-reckoning method.
An Integrated Software-based Solution for Modular and Self-independent Networked Robot
Instead, we focus on describing briefly our concept to deal with the wheels as actuators and the associated dead reckoning to track the current position easily with very limited hardwares and mostly relying on software based systems.
An Integrated Software-based Solution for Modular and Self-independent Networked Robot
Finally we borrow the dead reckoning method which is very powerful to calculate the position relying on a previously determined position .
An Integrated Software-based Solution for Modular and Self-independent Networked Robot
Figure 4: Effect of using anchor points to reset the error in dead-reckoning.
CrowdInside: Automatic Construction of Indoor Floorplans
To address this problem, we rely on a dead-reckoning based approach.
CrowdInside: Automatic Construction of Indoor Floorplans
The introduction of inertial sensors to mobile phones (e.g. accelerometers, magnetometers) offers an opportunity for performing user positioning and tracking using dead-reckoning in a ubiquitous manner and without any prior setup cost .
CrowdInside: Automatic Construction of Indoor Floorplans
However, since dead-reckoning suffers from accumulation of error, step-counting techniques, e.g. [1, 21], have been proposed to reduce the deadreckoning error by counting the number of steps rather than integrating the acceleration.
CrowdInside: Automatic Construction of Indoor Floorplans
We presented a method for enhancing the dead-reckoning accuracy by using unique anchor points which are found in typical indoor spaces for error resetting.
CrowdInside: Automatic Construction of Indoor Floorplans
Non-GPS navigation with the personal dead-reckoning system. volume 6561.
CrowdInside: Automatic Construction of Indoor Floorplans
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