carbon dating


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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Other Words from carbon dating

carbon-date \ ˈkär-​bən-​ˈdāt How to pronounce carbon dating (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of carbon dating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By carbon dating seeds embedded in the footprints, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the prints were up to 23,000 years old. Algernon D'ammassa, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2021 Using carbon dating the team was able to confirm the human presence and transformation of the Amazon rainforest landscape for thousands of years. Santiago Flórez, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 July 2021 Boris, as the second cub is known, is 43,448 yearsold, according to radio carbon dating. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 To study the rotifers, the scientists dug down to 11.5 feet to extract an intact sample of soil, which was about 24,000 years old, according to carbon dating. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 28 June 2021 The analysis comes from statistical techniques, plus improved carbon dating. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 25 June 2021 Actually, a geologist — what does the carbon dating reveal about their only trophy? New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 These include the ability to recover ancient Neanderthal DNA, carbon dating, the use of lasers to record artifact positions in three dimensions and even the analysis of tartar on teeth. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 By carbon dating the bones, archaeologists showed the Tunnug 1 burials spanned centuries, beginning around A.D. 100. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of carbon dating

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carbon dating was in 1951

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“Carbon dating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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