[ strat-uh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌstræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for social stratification (1 of 2)
sociol the hierarchical structures of class and status in any society
British Dictionary definitions for social stratification (2 of 2)
/ (ˌstrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /
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
Derived Formsstratificational, adjective
Word Origin for 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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Medicine definitions for social stratification
[ străt′ə-fĭ-kā′shən ]
An arrangement in layers or strata.
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Science definitions for social stratification
[ străt′ə-fĭ-kā′shən ]
Formation or deposition of layers, as of rock, sediments, or atmospheric regions.
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Culture definitions for social stratification
The atmosphere and the ocean also exhibit stratification, with the warmer air or water occupying the upper layers.
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