Reckoning

Definition of Reckoning

Reck´on`ing
n.1.The act of one who reckons, counts, or computes; the result of reckoning or counting; calculation.
Even reckoning makes lasting friends, and the way to make reckonings even is to make them often.
- South.
He quitted London, never to return till the day of a terrible and memorable reckoning had arrived.
- Macaulay.
2.The charge or account made by a host at an inn.
A coin would have a nobler use than to pay a reckoning.
- Addison.
3.Esteem; account; estimation.
You make no further reckoning of it [beauty] than of an outward fading benefit nature bestowed.
- Sir P. Sidney.
4.(Navigation) The calculation of a ship's position, either from astronomical observations, or from the record of the courses steered and distances sailed as shown by compass and log, - in the latter case called dead reckoning (see under Dead); - also used for dead reckoning in contradistinction to observation.
To be out of her reckoning
to be at a distance from the place indicated by the reckoning; - said of a ship.
day of reckoning
the day or time when one must pay one's debts, fulfill one's obligations, or be punished for one's transgressions.

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