radioactive dating

radioactive dating
n.
the determination of the age of an artifact, bone, rock, etc. based on the known rates of decay of radioactive isotopes of various elements

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  • radioactive dating — noun measurement of the amount of radioactive material (usually carbon 14) that an object contains; can be used to estimate the age of the object • Hypernyms: ↑measurement, ↑measuring, ↑measure, ↑mensuration …   Useful english dictionary

  • radioactive dating. — See radiometric dating. * * * …   Universalium

  • radioactive dating — noun (U) AmE a scientific method of calculating the age of a very old object by measuring the amount of a certain substance in it; carbon dating BrE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Radioactive decay — For particle decay in a more general context, see Particle decay. For more information on hazards of various kinds of radiation from decay, see Ionizing radiation. Radioactive redirects here. For other uses, see Radioactive (disambiguation).… …   Wikipedia

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