Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of counting or computing.
  • n. An itemized bill or statement of a sum due.
  • n. A settlement of accounts: a day of reckoning.
  • n. The act or process of calculating the position of a ship or an aircraft.
  • n. The position so calculated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of reckon.
  • n. The action of calculating or estimating something.
  • n. The bill (UK) or check (US), especially at an inn or tavern.
  • n. An opinion or judgement.
  • n. The working out of consequences or retribution for one's actions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who reckons, counts, or computes; the result of reckoning or counting; calculation.
  • n. An account of time.
  • n. Adjustment of claims and accounts; settlement of obligations, liabilities, etc.
  • n. The charge or account made by a host at an inn.
  • n. Esteem; account; estimation.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The position of a ship as determined by calculation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of counting or computing; hence, an account or calculation; an adjustment of accounts.
  • n. A bill of charges, especially in a hotel, tavern, inn, or other place of entertainment; an itemized statement of what is due; a score.
  • n. An account of time.
  • n. The estimated time of a cow's calving.
  • n. A summing up in general; a counting of cost or expenditure; a comparison of items or particulars in any matter of accountability.
  • n. An accounting for action or conduct; explanation; inquisition; scrutiny.
  • n. A holding in estimation; assignment of value; appreciation.
  • n. Standing as to rank, quality, or worthiness; rating; consideration; reputation.
  • n. Nautical, the calculation of the position of a ship from the rate as determined by the log, and the course as determined by the compass, the place from which the vessel started being known. See dead-reckoning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
  • n. a bill for an amount due
  • n. the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

Etymologies

reckon +‎ -ing. Compare Dutch rekening, German Rechnung. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Blues have dropped from first to third after a dip in form but McCracken insists the mailaise isn't terminal and is backing the team to muscle their way back into the title reckoning starting with tonight's home clash against Chester City.

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  • The birth day in my reckoning is actually an alien abduction .. they zip you up into their spaceship, disassemble you, reassemble you (not very well) and then plop you back onto earth, not the same as you were.

    We Are Not Alone | Her Bad Mother

  • What form it would take she hardly knew; events would shape themselves somehow; and then -- the cold blue eyes glittered ominously at the thought of what she termed her reckoning-day.

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  • He knows dead reckoning is only so good when he as to do that, though.

    Quiz#3.

  • If he were smart, he would be quiet because his day of reckoning is coming.

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  • Enjoy this while you can because your day of reckoning is coming.

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  • Men are engaged about their work, or about their pleasure; they are in the city, or the field; any how they are stopped; their deeds are suddenly gathered in - a reckoning is made - all is sealed up till the great day.

    Bring Back Dies Irae

  • Another such meditation - albeit a far less allegorical one -- on semi-recent history and by extension, a nation-state's internal reckoning, is found in director Pablo Larrain's Post Mortem, which for me, emerged as one of the most powerful films of NYFF#48.

    Michael Vazquez: ON THE 48TH ANNUAL NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

  • But the first construction, while not as logical in my reckoning, is still OK.

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  • I just know the day of reckoning is going to come when I hear about seven or eight of them all at once.

    Oh, no! : Bev Vincent

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