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carbon dating

noun

Simple Definition of carbon dating

  • : a scientific way of finding the age of something that is very old (such as a dinosaur bone) by measuring the amount of certain forms of carbon in it

Full Definition of carbon dating

  1. :  the determination of the age of old material (as an archaeological or paleontological specimen) by means of the content of carbon 14

carbon–date play \ˈkär-bən-ˈdāt\ transitive verb

1951

First Known Use of carbon dating

1951


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