- the act or an instance of stratifying.
- a stratified state or appearance: the stratification of ancient ruins from eight different periods.
- Also called social stratification. Sociology. the hierarchical or vertical division of society according to rank, caste, or class: stratification of feudal society.
- formation of strata; deposition or occurrence in strata.
- a stratum.
Origin of stratification
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- sociol the hierarchical structures of class and status in any society
- the arrangement of sedimentary rocks in distinct layers (strata), each layer representing the sediment deposited over a specific period
- the act of stratifying or state of being stratified
- sociol See social stratification
C17 (in the obsolete sense: the act of depositing in layers) and C18 (in the current senses): from New Latin strātificātiōnem, from stratificāre to stratify
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Word Origin and History for social stratification
1610s, from Modern Latin stratificationem (nominative stratificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of stratificare "to form strata," from stratum "thing spread out" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious).
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- An arrangement in layers or strata.
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- Formation or deposition of layers, as of rock, sediments, or atmospheric regions.
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The atmosphere and the ocean also exhibit stratification, with the warmer air or water occupying the upper layers.
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