guesswork

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guesswork an estimate based on little or no information
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Guesswork Work performed, or results obtained, by guess; conjecture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guesswork That which is done by or is due to guess; conjectural action or opinion; random or haphazard action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guesswork work done by guess: random action
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. gessen; cog. with Dut. gissen; Dan. gisse, Ice. giska, for gitskageta, to get, think, A.S. gitan, whence Eng. get. See Forget.

Usage

In literature:

But it was no time for weeping; we had other guesswork on hand, and we buckled to our work with a will.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The charts of that section of Bering are mostly guesswork.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
I may be right or wrong, that's guesswork at the best, and let me get to my facts again.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Nay, if it is to be guesswork, let us all guess for ourselves.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
She had one of her moments of clever guesswork over him.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
There is no theory, no speculation, no guesswork about it!
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
In other works the number has been estimated at three thousand, but this too is careless guesswork.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
Titles were confused, owing to careless surveys, or guesswork, in the past.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
But this is no guesswork on my part.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
Science is only a sort of decorous guesswork at the best, guesswork corroborated by facts.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
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In poetry:

The wisdom Thou gavest
Wearies me with guesswork.
The light Thou hast dealt me
Leads me to darkness.
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Inflation-adjusted annuities can take some of the guesswork out of retirement — at a price.
She encourages growers to eliminate the guesswork about insect pressure by assigning someone on the farm the role of pest boss.
Da Vinci 's Demons, the upcoming TV show from Starz, is speculating about these gaps of knowledge with some logical guesswork, with a touch of magic thrown into the mix.
To help take the guesswork out of giving, we went to some experts .
Binau says Dual Pol eliminates much of the guesswork that makes short-term forecasts so challenging.
Stop the guesswork on fighting those almost- impossible -to-get-out laundry stains.
An infrared or noncontact pyrometer takes the guesswork out of taking temperatures.
From gut instinct and guesswork towards rational marketing.
Lameness Locator could take the guesswork out of diagnosing lameness.
Using lots of educated guesswork.
Our regional planting guides take the guesswork out of garden planning.
L'Oréal Paris helps women take the guesswork out of choosing the right haircolor shade with the recent launch of "My L'Oréal Colorist," a mobile app that serves as a personal color consultant.
A good pace group can take the guesswork out of racing and get you to your goal.
Such medical guesswork is common in Bukit Merah, since no one has ever formally studied the impact of radiation exposure among the village's 11,000 residents.
But you can take the guesswork out of this process in a hurry with this quick-fix jig.
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In science:

While estimates for the failure probability of a nuclear plant or a space shuttle still involve guesswork, understanding the extremes of certain correlated random variables is a hard science.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
In the case of metastability one might apply a principle of guesswork combined with BP to allow efficient searching of the space.
Randomness and metastability in CDMA paradigms
Guesswork ). In contrast On-Demand routing protocols often flood (repetitively broadcast) within a network space, sending request messages to all neighbours.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
Parker, T., and Langendoen, K. 2005. Guesswork: Robust Routing in an Uncertain World.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
Proclus’s claim may have been based on guesswork or on documentary sources that are now lost.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots
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