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n.
1. A method of estimating the position of a vehicle such as an aircraft or a ship based on its previous position and its course and speed over a known interval of time.
2. Predictive calculation based on inference; guesswork.

[Possibly alteration of ded., abbr. of deduced, from deduce, to trace from the beginning; see deduce.]

n
(Navigation) a method of establishing one's position using the distance and direction travelled rather than astronomical observations

n.
Navig. calculation of one's position on the basis of compass readings, speed, and distance run from a known point, with allowances for drift from wind, currents, etc.
[1605–15]

- A calculation based on guesswork.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 dead reckoning - an estimate based on little or no informationapproximation, estimate, estimation, idea - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take" 2 dead reckoning - navigation without the aid of celestial observationsnavigation, pilotage, piloting - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
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Variation and deviation are used in setting courses and estimating dead reckoning.
Sailing one direction, drifting another direction, to say nothing of the set of the current in some third direction, makes a resultant which dead reckoning can never calculate.
In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds.
Equation (6) is the state equation, which is acquired from dead reckoning equation.
A call to ATC or FSS to report the problem, and using dead reckoning or MON temporarily to get clear of the outage, is a real possibility.
What I got out of the etymological research regarding dead reckoning was that before WWII there was no controversy over this term.
Heat Wave" in Centennial Square on August 24th promised sun but the wave came in the form of trillions of raindrops that didn't deter people from celebrating the Pacific, sampling tasty tropical treats by Blue Nile and the Reef to the music of Jon Middleton, Jiminy, Animal Nation, Dead Reckoning and Oh
The Cayman Islands is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Cuba, with a dead reckoning traveler leaving Cayman Brac and landing at the Twelve League Labyrinth which is worth visiting just because of its wonderful name.
Aided by the greedy and immoral Cholo (Leguizamo--not his best role) Riley brings to the city whatever they can from supplies like medicine, ammunition, weapons and foodstuff thanks to their invincible ride Dead Reckoning that was designed by Riley himself.
Apart from the style of yachts, safety equipment was minimal, radios were the old crystal type, and navigation was a combination of celestial and dead reckoning, no Beaufort type life rafts were carried and wet weather was almost non-existent.
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You have got your GPS information on OnStar and you've got your wheel-spinning rates and yaws and all the other information you get from Stabilitrak and we take those two pieces of information and we put the mathematical algorithms together that not only tell you where the car is, but gives you dead reckoning insight on where its headed.

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