• WordNet 3.6
    • n guessing an estimate based on little or no information
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the original Star Wars A New Hope when everyone is stuck in the trash compactor and the storm troopers come for C-3PO and R2-D2 the stormtroopers come through the door and one of them hits its head, very funny. They make it look like he did it on purpose by another stormtrooper says "Take care of him" which they added in there guess Lucas kept it as kind of a joke
    • n guessing Guesswork; conjecture; notion.
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  • Jim Rohn
    “Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.”
  • Bob Dylan
    “Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid.”
  • Will Rogers
    “An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else s.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Know-how will surpass guess-how.”
  • Robert Bridges
    Robert Bridges
    “When first we met we did not guess that Love would prove so hard a master.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “It is easier to keep half a dozen lovers guessing than to keep one lover after he has stopped guessing.”


Second-guess - If you second-guess someone, you try to predict what they will do.


In literature:

Guess they're 'fraid if they got a real live boy in a book he'd bust the covers off!
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Jim guessed from his own feelings how her position as a servant hurt his mother.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
I guess this air makes me.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
I guess the women and children will never forget when he passed through poor, defenseless Bridgeboro.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
He said he guessed he would have to let me have the money to pay the fellow back, as I had promised, which he did, and a few dollars besides.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Anyhow, I guess they'll give us something to eat.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
I guess I'll take first money, don't you?
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
Any player who guesses the wrong side takes the next turn for tossing the coin.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
How was I to guess that you'd wangle a Staff car to meet an ex-lieutenant?
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
You see, I can make a good guess at her motives; I've suffered from that kind of thing.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
Thought I was romancing, I guess.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Mos' pretties' girl in the tribe, I guess.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
As you have probably guessed, Belle Lorrigan and the women of the Black Rim country did not get on very well together.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
I guess she'll be glad to let you have it.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Guess they're sure dead.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Guess it's to make folks guess they're doin' a heap o' work.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Guess the flag has got us held up.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
She guessed it to be a pose, and resolved that she would not encourage it by appearing shocked.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
I guess I'll chuck it up.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
I guess I know what borrowin' means in this house!
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore

In poetry:

Six to half a score of summers
Make the sweetest of the "teens" —
Not too young to guess, dear Lily,
What a lover means.
"The Lily Confidante" by Henry Timrod
What her answer, all may guess,
For the old church chime that rung
Its next wedding anthem sung
With a most delighted tongue:
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
Ridged and bleak the gray forsaken
Twilight at the night has guessed;
And no star of dusk has taken
Flame unshaken in the west.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
The poppies seemed a silver mist:
So darkly fell the gloom.
You scarce had guessed yon crimson streaks
Were buttercups in bloom.
"Envoy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I shall know, ere you will guess
(Though with life I have no part),
What new golden loveliness
Stirs within the old earth's heart.
"A Distant Spring" by Charles Hanson Towne
There's Wat aye tries to glowre and sigh
That I may guess the cause;
But, Jenny--like, I hate to spell
Dumb Roger's hums and ha's.
"I’m Tibby Fowler O’ The Glen" by Susanna Blamire

In news:

I guess the case really wasn't closed until now.
Before you read this story, can you guess why "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits is causing such a stir in Canada.
Well, Victor, I guess I was wrong.
I guess it's in my blood.
I promise you your in for a treat, some of you may guess at it right away, and some of you will still be puzzled until the very end.
But there's one group you'd never guess would be on the list.
Can You Guess What's Coming.
I guess it depends how you look at it.
I guess today I'm just going to give dating advice to the ladies.
Most Americans can only guess at the answers.
But if you're wondering how she pulled off this tough look without ripping out half her hair when it came time to peel off the black tape—well, we have a pretty good guess: Bondage tape.
Here's a guess there won't be much chill time for Steve Sarkisian and his staff.
We have a few educated guesses.
"I guess we're really lucky to be living where we are," said Extension Educator Jerry Tesmer last week.
I will watch "Wheel of Fortune" with my wife on occasion — or as I call it "wheel of torture" — and I will surprise myself now and again and actually guess one of the puzzles before the real contestants, or my wife.

In science:

If |H (k)| < T ′ , then return k/2 as your guess for g .
Determining the Genus of a Map by Local Observation of a Simple Random Process
In guessing that k/2 is the genus of the surface, we can err in two directions: it may be that g < k/2 or g > k/2.
Determining the Genus of a Map by Local Observation of a Simple Random Process
The real rank of the C ∗ -algebras found in Theorems 5.6 and 6.10 have not been determined, but we guess that they have real rank ≥ 1.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
This failure of ¬-R2, which is the principle of proof by contradiction, was in fact already noted or guessed by Birkhoff and von Neumann.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
Given an initial guess vh on the finest grid, perform several iterations of your favorite relaxation scheme to determine an updated approximate solution vh .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The algorithm for a nonlinear multigrid V cycle is as follows. • Given an initial guess vh on the finest grid, perform several iterations of your favorite relaxation scheme, using the nonlinear residual equation as the basis of that relaxation scheme.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The intended meaning is that the distinguisher’s output is its guess as to which of the two possible oracles made the responses.
Permutation graphs, fast forward permutations, and sampling the cycle structure of a permutation
The motivation for our guess is the following heuristic picture.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
This suggests that the process d has drift of this order, so the expected hitting time of 0 is of order d3/2 . A more accurate guess depends on α, too.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
It is natural to guess that wn should behave as the maximum of up to time n of a onedimensional Brownian motion, and have a typical size of n1/2 .
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
Start with sample covariance matrices h ˆSy iq , and initial guesses for A, Sn and hSs iq .
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
This is essentially due to the fact that the correct derived deformation theory of the moduli problem has already been guessed, and the corresponding, already established, formal theoy is based on this guess (see [Hin2, Ko-So, So], to quote a few).
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
For some cases there are possibilities to guess a part of structure of rational generalized integrating factors.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
Therefore, given the observations and a guess at the pattern frequency of the perturber (and thus, in a forced regime, of the wave), Eqs. (1) and (2) directly yield the pitch angle of the spiral pattern.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Si then consists of an enumeration of all the strings α obtained for all possible “guesses” τ .
Independence Properties of Algorithmically Random Sequences