stratification [ strat- uh-fi- key-sh uh n ] SHOW IPA / ˌstræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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. . Geology formation of strata; deposition or occurrence in strata. a stratum. Origin of stratification
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Examples from the Web for stratification British Dictionary definitions for stratification noun 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 Derived Forms stratificational, 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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Word Origin and History for stratification n.
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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Medicine definitions for stratification n. An arrangement in layers or strata.
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Science definitions for stratification Formation or deposition of layers, as of rock, sediments, or atmospheric regions.
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Culture definitions for stratification Note
and the ocean also exhibit stratification, with the warmer air or water occupying the upper layers.
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