den·​dro·​chro·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌden-(ˌ)drō-krə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce dendrochronology (audio) \

Definition of dendrochronology

: the science of dating events and variations in environment in former periods by comparative study of growth rings in trees and aged wood

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Other Words from dendrochronology

dendrochronological \ ˌden-​(ˌ)drō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce dendrochronology (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ adjective
dendrochronologically \ ˌden-​(ˌ)drō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dendrochronology (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ adverb
dendrochronologist \ ˌden-​(ˌ)drō-​krə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce dendrochronology (audio) \ noun

Examples of dendrochronology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The science — called dendrochronology — is amazingly precise. Washington Post, "If you really want to know how old a historical house is, look to the tree rings," 5 Dec. 2020 Research techniques used at the site included dendrochronology, or the study of tree ring growth to determine when logs were felled, as well as investigation of artifacts like toys, pipes and food remains. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Log Cabin Excavation Unearths Evidence of Forgotten Black Community," 15 Oct. 2020 The team used dendrochronology—a technique that dates wood’s age and origin based on its tree rings—to identify the woman in the portrait. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "After Hundreds of Years, Unknown Woman in Tudor Portrait Identified as Mary Boleyn," 11 June 2020 In the intervening decades, however, scientific analytical techniques have gained traction and authority, particularly dendrochronology, the dating of wooden panels based on study of their tree rings. Stephan Salisbury,, "Art Museum's big fall exhibit, opening Friday, shows the amazing evolution of Philly's great Johnson Collection," 1 Nov. 2017 That makes dendrochronology essential for archaeology, too, as well as the study of historic climate change. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Why an Astronomer Turned to Trees to Try to Solve a Celestial Mystery," 5 July 2017 Dendrochronology is the study of tree rings as a way to understand past events. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Why an Astronomer Turned to Trees to Try to Solve a Celestial Mystery," 5 July 2017 Mr. Woodward sent wood samples selected from structural elements to the dendrochronology lab at Columbia University. Emily S. Rueb, New York Times, "Awakening the Bowery’s Ghosts," 12 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of dendrochronology

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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