den·​dro·​chro·​nol·​o·​gy ˌden-(ˌ)drō-krə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce dendrochronology (audio)
: the science of dating events and variations in environment in former periods by comparative study of growth rings in trees and aged wood
dendrochronological adjective
dendrochronologically adverb
dendrochronologist noun

Examples of dendrochronology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers have been able to determine the exact time of year the trees were felled using dendrochronology, a method of using the lines from tree rings to determine age and environmental conditions. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 3 June 2024 Using dendrochronology techniques, Black has made chronologies of climate shifts in the north Pacific over the last 500 years. The Arizona Republic, 19 Feb. 2024 Through dendrochronology, the science of dating tree rings, it was determined that logs used to build the cabin at 417 Jonathan St. were chopped down as early as the winter of 1739, Redding said, and put to use elsewhere before the Jonathan Street home was constructed. Abigail Gruskin, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 Using dendrochronology, the science of analyzing tree rings, the team confirmed that between 923 and 924 CE two faults in the Seattle area produced either one large earthquake of magnitude 7.8, or two sequential earthquakes of slightly lower magnitude. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, 28 Sep. 2023 Fortunately, the field of dendrochronology can come to the rescue. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 27 Sep. 2023 By the conventions of dendrochronology, the oldest known must be absolutely known, which is why alerce remains in second place for now. Jared Farmer, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 And like dendrochronology, sclerochronology is accurate to the single year, not decades or centuries like ice cores and geologic strata. Randall Hyman, Discover Magazine, 21 Aug. 2014 Researchers used dendrochronology — dating events by growth rings in trees — to figure out the age of the waterlogged door unearthed near Lake Zurich. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dendrochronology was circa 1928

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“Dendrochronology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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