- to form or place in strata or layers.
- to preserve or germinate (seeds) by placing them between layers of earth.
- Sociology. to arrange in a hierarchical order, especially according to graded status levels.
- to form strata.
- Geology. to lie in beds or layers.
- Sociology. to develop hierarchically, especially as graded status levels.
Origin of stratify
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Examples from the Web for stratify
It will stratify, and force itself onward through the adjacent and opposing atmosphere, and in a right line.The Philosophy of the Weather
Thomas Belden Butler
But already the Mississippi Valley was beginning to stratify, both socially and geographically.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
A gas, as explained, is of such a character that it remains fixed and will not stratify or condense.Motors
James Slough Zerbe
Society will stratify itself according to the laws of social gravitation.A Mortal Antipathy
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- to form or be formed in layers or strata
- (tr) to preserve or render fertile (seeds) by storing between layers of sand or earth
- sociol to divide (a society) into horizontal status groups or (of a society) to develop such groups
C17: from French stratifier, from New Latin stratificāre, from Latin stratum
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Word Origin and History for stratify
1660s, from French stratifier, from Modern Latin stratificare, from stratum (see stratum). Related: Stratified; stratifying.
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