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dating ‎(plural datings)

  1. A form of romantic courtship typically between two individuals with the aim of assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse. The result of dating may at any time lead to friendship, any level of intimate relationship, marriage, or no relation.
  2. An estimation of the age of an artifact, biological vestige, linguistic usage, etc.
    • 1922 (Jul), A. E. Douglass, "Some aspects of the use of the annual rings of trees in climatic study". The Scientific Monthly 15(1): 5-21.
      A comparison in seven sequoias between very careful counting and accurate dating in 2,000 years shows an average counting error of 35 years, which is only 1.7 per cent.
    • 1991, Onno Ydema, Carpets and Their Dating in Netherlandish Paintings, 1540-1700, page 120,
      Finally, with the exception of the rug in the paintings of Willem Duyster, the datings of both groups approximately agree;
    • 1998, Niels Lynnerup, The Greenland Norse, footnote, page 46,
      The results almost always used to illustrate this are the datings of human bones from the Sct. Drotten Church in Lund.
    • 2007, Anatoly Fomenko, History: Fiction or Science?: Chronology 1, page 73,
      Different dendrochronological datings have different veracity. The veracity of a dendrochronological dating depends on the certainty of the collations on the dendrochronological scale.
  3. The setting of a date on which an event or transaction is to take place or take effect.
    • 1967, Delbert J. Duncan, Charles Franklin Phillips, Retailing: Principles and Methods, page 352,
      But C.O.D. datings are relatively rare. They are so disliked by buyers that they are used by sellers only when the latter are quite uncertain of a buyer's ability and willingness to pay.
    • 1999, Alexander M. Hicks, Social Democracy and Welfare Capitalism, page 227,
      Pressure from unemployment for retrenchment is evident for the "early" as well as "best" datings of retrenchment. However, when retrenchment datings lean toward earlier years, unemployment is not the preeminent factor among the various accelerators and decelerators of retrenchment that it is for the more balanced "best" datings of Table 7.2 (or that it is, as we shall see, for the "late" datings).
    • 2008, R. Charles Moyer, James R. McGuigan, William J. Kretlow, Contemporary Financial Management, page 630,
      Seasonal datings are special credit terms that are sometimes offered to retailers when sales are highly concentrated in one or more periods during the year.

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  1. present participle of date