carbon dating

noun

Definition of carbon dating

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

carbon-date

play \ˈkär-bən-ˈdāt\ transitive verb

First Known Use of carbon dating

1951


CARBON DATING Defined for English Language Learners

carbon dating

noun

Definition of carbon dating for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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