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 How to pronounce carbon-date (audio) \ transitive verb

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The carbon dating requirement will apply only to whole tusks registered after July 1, not to the 170 tons of tusks already stockpiled. Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic, "Japan's new rules for curbing ivory trade won't work, many experts say," 8 Apr. 2019 However, improved carbon dating techniques tell a different story. James Rogers, Fox News, "Shipwreck mystery solved thanks to 800-year-old 'Made in China' label," 16 May 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 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 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 Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors forced to put the cork back in the Champagne," 22 Apr. 2018 On the other hand, science, through archeological finds, carbon dating and other techniques, has shown that our early ancestors occupied this planet 6 million years ago and that modern humans evolved around 200,000 years ago. Said Ahmed-zaid, idahostatesman, "Science and religion coexist to make the world work | Idaho Statesman," 31 Mar. 2018 The wildlife detective work involves cutting up seized artifacts including bangle bracelets and statues of Chinese deities and subjecting them to carbon dating to determine when the elephants were killed. Bloomberg.com, "Scientists Want to Save Elephants Through Inspecting Seized Ivory," 15 Jan. 2018 The carbon dating requirement will apply only to whole tusks registered after July 1, not to the 170 tons of tusks already stockpiled. Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic, "Japan's new rules for curbing ivory trade won't work, many experts say," 8 Apr. 2019

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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

technical : 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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