geochronology

noun
geo·​chro·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌjē-ō-krə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce geochronology (audio) \

Definition of geochronology

1 : the chronology of the past as indicated by geologic data
2 : the study of geochronology

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Other Words from geochronology

geochronological \ ˌjē-​ō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce geochronological (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ or less commonly geochronologic \ ˌjē-​ō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce geochronologic (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ adjective
geochronologically \ ˌjē-​ō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce geochronologically (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ adverb
geochronologist \ ˌjē-​ō-​krə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce geochronologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of geochronology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Herries, who specializes in geochronology, says the Drimolen site is a bit different. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Groundbreaking Find, Three Kinds of Early Humans Unearthed Living Together in South Africa," 2 Apr. 2020 As a result of her work, the world would learn fundamental details of the behavior of atoms and how radioactivity could be used as a clock in studying the earth’s history, informing the modern practice of geochronology. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Rona, Pioneering Scientist Amid Dangers of War," 28 Aug. 2019 The next generation of rovers are gonna half to brush up on their geochronology. Brian Romans, WIRED, "Inverted depositional features on Mars," 12 Apr. 2007

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First Known Use of geochronology

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Geochronology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geochronology. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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