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

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

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But carbon dating tests from a lab in Florida found the young adult and the child or teen lived sometime during the 1400s to 1600s. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Two 500-year-old skeletons from Idaho will be handed to area tribes," 5 May 2018 Following the carbon dating, the U.S Bureau of Land Management took possession of the remains and began a process spelled out in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to return the remains to a tribe. Washington Post, "500-year-old skeletons headed for Native American tribes," 4 May 2018 By using carbon dating in a tree killed in the lava, geologists determined the eruption was in approximately 1650. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cinder Cone’s mystery unveiled in Land of Smoke," 6 June 2018 Following the carbon dating, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management took possession of the remains and began a process spelled out in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to return the remains to a tribe. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Two 500-year-old skeletons from Idaho will be handed to area tribes," 5 May 2018 Ginobili, who is 40 years old according to carbon dating, is in what many believe is his last decade in the NBA. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "Warriors forced to put the cork back in the champagne," 23 Apr. 2018 Another test is to measure the rate of radioactive decay of certain elements in the rocks, also known as carbon dating. Washington Post, "Scientists study lava for clues to how volcano will behave," 16 May 2018 Another test is to measure the rate of radioactive decay of certain elements in the rocks, also known as carbon dating. Sophia Yan And Caleb Jones, Fox News, "Scientists study lava for clues to how volcano will behave," 16 May 2018 Ginobili, who is 40 years old according to carbon dating, is in what many believe is his last decade in the NBA. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "Warriors forced to put the cork back in the champagne," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of carbon dating

1951, in the meaning defined above

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carbon dating

noun

English Language Learners 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

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