carbon dating
noun Date: 1951 the determination of the age of old material (as an archaeological or paleontological specimen) by means of the content of carbon 14carbon-date transitive verb

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  • carbon dating — n. a method of establishing the approximate age of carbonaceous materials, such as fossil remains or archaeological specimens, by measuring the amount of radioactive carbon 14 remaining in them: also carbon 14 dating * * * …   Universalium

  • carbon dating — n. a method of establishing the approximate age of carbonaceous materials, such as fossil remains or archaeological specimens, by measuring the amount of radioactive carbon 14 remaining in them: also carbon 14 dating …   English World dictionary

  • carbon dating — ► NOUN ▪ the determination of the age of an organic object from the relative proportions of the isotopes carbon 12 and carbon 14 that it contains …   English terms dictionary

  • carbon dating — n [U] a method of finding out the age of very old objects by measuring the amount of carbon in them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • carbon dating — noun a chemical analysis used to determine the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioisotope carbon 14; believed to be reliable up to 40,000 years • Syn: ↑radiocarbon dating, ↑carbon 14 dating • Hypernyms: ↑dating,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • carbon dating — radioanglinis datavimas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Archeologinių radinių amžiaus nustatymas pagal ¹⁴C izotopo kiekį. atitikmenys: angl. carbon dating; radiocarbon dating rus. радиоуглеродное датирование; радиоуглеродное определение… …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • carbon dating — N UNCOUNT Carbon dating is a system of calculating the age of a very old object by measuring the amount of radioactive carbon it contains …   English dictionary

  • carbon dating —   a means of dating organic material based on the fact that carbon 14, a radioactive component of all living things, decays at a known rate over time from death …   Geography glossary

  • carbon dating — noun the determination of the age of an organic object from the relative proportions of the isotopes carbon 12 and carbon 14 that it contains …   English new terms dictionary

  • carbon dating. — See radiocarbon dating. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

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