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
Hypernyms: ↑dating, ↑geological dating

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noun [noncount]
technical : a scientific way of finding the age of something that is very old (such as a dinosaur bone) by measuring the amount of certain forms of carbon in it

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ˌcarbon ˈdating f11 [carbon dating] (also formal ˌradiocarbon ˈdating) noun uncountable
a method of calculating the age of very old objects by measuring the amounts of different forms of ↑carbon in them
See also:radiocarbon dating

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