Definitions for fossilˈfɒs əl

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  1. dodo, fogy, fogey, fossil(noun)

    someone whose style is out of fashion

  2. fossil(adj)

    the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil

  3. fossil(adj)

    characteristic of a fossil

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  1. Fossil(a.)

    preserved from a previous geological age; as, fossil water from deep wells; -- usually implying that the object so described has had its substance modified by long residence in the ground, but also used (as with fossil water) in cases where chemical composition is not altered.

  2. Origin: [L. fossilis, fr. fodere to dig: cf. F. fossile. See Fosse.]

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  1. fossil(Noun)

    The mineralized remains of an animal or plant.

  2. fossil(Noun)

    Any preserved evidence of ancient life, including shells, imprints, burrows, coprolites, and organically-produced chemicals.

  3. fossil(Noun)

    A fossilized term.

  4. fossil(Noun)

    Anything extremely old, extinct, or outdated.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Fossil(adj)

    dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal; fossil salt

  2. Fossil(adj)

    like or pertaining to fossils; contained in rocks, whether petrified or not; as, fossil plants, shells

  3. Fossil(noun)

    a substance dug from the earth

  4. Fossil(noun)

    the remains of an animal or plant found in stratified rocks. Most fossils belong to extinct species, but many of the later ones belong to species still living

  5. Fossil(noun)

    a person whose views and opinions are extremely antiquated; one whose sympathies are with a former time rather than with the present

  6. Origin: [L. fossilis, fr. fodere to dig: cf. F. fossile. See Fosse.]

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  1. Fossil

    Fossils are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past. The totality of fossils, both discovered and undiscovered, and their placement in fossiliferous rock formations and sedimentary layers is known as the fossil record. The study of fossils across geological time, how they were formed, and the evolutionary relationships between taxa are some of the most important functions of the science of paleontology. Such a preserved specimen is called a "fossil" if it is older than some minimum age, most often the arbitrary date of 10,000 years. Hence, fossils range in age from the youngest at the start of the Holocene Epoch to the oldest from the Archaean Eon, up to 3.4 billion years old. The observation that certain fossils were associated with certain rock strata led early geologists to recognize a geological timescale in the 19th century. The development of radiometric dating techniques in the early 20th century allowed geologists to determine the numerical or "absolute" age of the various strata and thereby the included fossils.

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  1. fossil

    1. In software, a misfeature that becomes understandable only in historical context, as a remnant of times past retained so as not to break compatibility. Example: the retention of octal as default base for string escapes in C, in spite of the better match of hexadecimal to ASCII and modern byte-addressable architectures. See dusty deck. 2. More restrictively, a feature with past but no present utility. Example: the force-all-caps (LCASE) bits in the V7 and BSD Unix tty driver, designed for use with monocase terminals. (In a perversion of the usual backward-compatibility goal, this functionality has actually been expanded and renamed in some later USG Unix releases as the IUCLC and OLCUC bits.)

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    Rank popularity for the word 'fossil' in Nouns Frequency: #2390


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