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for day of reckoning
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Reckoning \Reck"on*ing\, n.
1. The act of one who reckons, counts, or computes; the
result of reckoning or counting; calculation.
(a) An account of time. --Sandys.
(b) Adjustment of claims and accounts; settlement of
obligations, liabilities, etc.
Even reckoning makes lasting friends, and the
way to make reckonings even is to make them
He quitted London, never to return till the day
of a terrible and memorable reckoning had
2. The charge or account made by a host at an inn.
A coin would have a nobler use than to pay a
3. Esteem; account; estimation.
You make no further reckoning of it [beauty] than of
an outward fading benefit nature bestowed. --Sir P.
(a) 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.
(b) The position of a ship as determined by calculation.
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
[1913 Webster +PJC]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
day of reckoning
n 1: (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon
when God will decree the fates of all individual humans
according to the good and evil of their earthly lives [syn:
Judgment Day, Judgement Day, Day of Judgment, Day of
Judgement, Doomsday, Last Judgment, Last Judgement,
Last Day, eschaton, day of reckoning, doomsday,
crack of doom, end of the world]
2: an unpleasant or disastrous destiny; "everyone was aware of
the approaching doom but was helpless to avoid it"; "that's
unfortunate but it isn't the end of the world" [syn: doom,
doomsday, day of reckoning, end of the world]
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