seriation

noun se·ri·a·tion

Definition of seriation

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  formation, arrangement, succession, or position in a series or orderly sequence

  2. 2 :  a method of determining a chronology (as for archaeological material) by a detailed study of a particular style or type (as of potsherds) that reveals an increase or decrease in the popularity of the style giving a tentative scale from early to late

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Origin and Etymology of seriation

Latin series + English -ation


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