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Definition 1: the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one - [noun denoting quantity]

Synonyms for quaternary in the sense of this definition

(quaternary is a kind of ...) one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

"0 and 1 are digits"

Definition 2: last 2 million years - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for quaternary in the sense of this definition

(quaternary is an instance of ...) a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed

"ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"

(quaternary is a part of ...) approximately the last 10,000 years

(quaternary is a part of ...) from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution

(... is part of quaternary) approximately the last 63 million years

Definition 3: consisting of or especially arranged in sets of four - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where quaternary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • quaternate leaves
  • a quaternary compound

Synonyms for quaternary in the sense of this definition

(quaternary is similar to ...) having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

"multiple birth" "multiple ownership" "made multiple copies of the speech" "his multiple achievements in public life" "her multiple personalities" "a pineapple is a multiple fruit"

Definition 4: coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where quaternary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for quaternary in the sense of this definition

(quaternary is similar to ...) being or denoting a numerical order in a series

"ordinal numbers" "held an ordinal rank of seventh"

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