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QUATERNARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Quaternary mean? 

QUATERNARY (noun)
  The noun QUATERNARY has 2 senses:

1. last 2 million years
2. the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

  Familiarity information: QUATERNARY used as a noun is rare.


QUATERNARY (adjective)
  The adjective QUATERNARY has 2 senses:

1. consisting of or especially arranged in sets of four
2. coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude

  Familiarity information: QUATERNARY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


QUATERNARY (noun)


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Meaning:

Last 2 million years

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

Quaternary period; Quaternary; Age of Man

Instance hypernyms:

geological period; period (a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed)

Meronyms (parts of "Quaternary"):

Holocene; Holocene epoch; Recent; Recent epoch (approximately the last 10,000 years)

Glacial epoch; Pleistocene; Pleistocene epoch (from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution)

Holonyms ("Quaternary" is a part of...):

Age of Mammals; Cenozoic; Cenozoic era (approximately the last 63 million years)


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Meaning:

The cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

4; tetrad; quaternity; quaternion; quatern; quartet; quadruplet; Little Joe; IV; four; quaternary; foursome

Hypernyms ("quaternary" is a kind of...):

digit; figure (one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration)


QUATERNARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Consisting of or especially arranged in sets of four

Synonyms:

quaternary; quaternate

Context examples:

quaternate leaves / a quaternary compound

Similar:

multiple (having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual)


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Meaning:

Coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude

Synonyms:

4th; fourth; quaternary

Context example:

the quaternary period of geologic time extends from the end of the tertiary period to the present

Similar:

ordinal (being or denoting a numerical order in a series)


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