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Definitions for prehistoric
ˌpri hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-, ˌpri ɪ-pre·his·toric

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prehistoric, prehistoricaladjective

    belonging to or existing in times before recorded history

    "prehistoric settlements"; "prehistoric peoples"

  2. prehistoricadjective

    of or relating to times before written history

    "prehistoric archeology"

  3. prehistoricadjective

    no longer fashionable

    "my mother has these prehistoric ideas about proper clothes"

Wiktionary

  1. prehistoricadjective

    Of relating to the epoch before written record.

  2. prehistoricadjective

    Nonmodern.

  3. Etymology: From préhistorique.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prehistoricadjective

    of or pertaining to a period before written history begins; as, the prehistoric ages; prehistoric man

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prehistoric

    prē-his-tor′ik, adj. relating to a time before that treated of in history.—n. Prēhis′tory, history prior to record—the Ger. Urgeschichte.

Editors Contribution

  1. prehistoricadjective

    Referring to a time period before the earliest beginnings of written history. While written accounts of past events in a modern sense fulfilling modern criteria (e.g. accuracy, no political or religious agenda, no bias, reliable eye witness testimony, marking of rumor, hearsay and conjecture as such et c.) are much younger, "historic" usually includes all written accounts that can reveal anything about early human civilizations. Scholars therefore will set a different time for the end of prehistory depending on what civilization they are dealing with. Since written accounts are out of the picture by definition, prehistory has to be studied and examined by other means. Academic disciplines capitalizing on such methods are e.g. archaeology and paleontology.

    A collection of prehistoric tools and weapons was unearthed near what appears to be an ancient cave dwelling.

    Etymology: Latin prae , before Latin Historia , report, tale, Greek ἱστορία, knowledge aquired by investigation


    Submitted by rhythmosaur on April 19, 2022  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prehistoric in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prehistoric in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prehistoric in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Chamberlain:

    However, wood is not preserved on most Neolithic archaeological sites and no wooden measuring devices have been found in prehistoric Britain.

  2. Ronit Lupu:

    On completion of the excavations at Shu?fat, it is quite evident that there was a thriving settlement in the Jerusalem area in ancient times. Thousands of years later, the buildings uncovered are of a standard that would not fall short of Jerusalem’s architecture, this discovery represents a highly significant addition to our research of the city and the vicinity. Apart from the pottery, the fascinating flint finds attest to the livelihood of the local population in prehistoric times: Small sickle blades for harvesting cereal crops, chisels and polished axes for building, borers and awls, and even a bead made of carnelian (a gemstone), indicating that jewelry was either made or imported.

  3. David Gibson:

    This time so much more has been preserved - we can actually see everyday life during the Bronze Age in the round, it's prehistoric archaeology in 3D with an unsurpassed finds assemblage in terms of range and quantity.

  4. Julie Dunne:

    What surprised us most was how much he absolutely loved it, it seemed very intuitive for him to cup it within his hands and then lift to his mouth to drink/suckle. We put apple juice in it as that was his favourite drink. I think it is interesting that although the forms change tremendously -- the vessels are very individual -- they do seem to retain a basic bowl/cup shape that fits perfectly within a baby's cupped hands. I would also say I think this shows us the love and care these prehistoric people had for their babies. They are almost toys as well as baby bottles and surely would have make the infants laugh.

  5. Fred Devos:

    The landscape in this cave is notably altered, which leads us to think that prehistoric human beings extracted tons of ocher from it, perhaps, seeing the need to light bonfires to illuminate their space.

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