[ struh-tig-ruh-fee ]
/ strəˈtɪg rə fi /
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a branch of geology dealing with the classification, nomenclature, correlation, and interpretation of stratified rocks.
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OTHER WORDS FROM stratigraphystra·tig·ra·pher, stra·tig·ra·phist, nounstrat·i·graph·ic [strat-i-graf-ik], /ˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk/, strat·i·graph·i·cal, adjectivestrat·i·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use stratigraphy in a sentence
It was in this way chiefly that William Smith, the founder of English stratigraphic geology, used them.
The absence of the mesonychids might, but probably should not, be explained as a result of stratigraphic differences.
A grouping of distinct species of fossils correlated with stratigraphic characters in the rocks determines these subdivisions.Dinosaurs|William Diller Matthew
This assumption is further backed by stratigraphic evidence provided by projectile points (table 4).The Topanga Culture Final Report on Excavations, 1948|A. E. Treganza
Similar stratigraphic relations are shown at many other places.The Geography of the Region about Devils Lake and the Dalles of the Wisconsin|Rollin D. Salisbury
British Dictionary definitions for stratigraphy
/ (strəˈtɪɡrəfɪ) /
the study of the composition, relative positions, etc, of rock strata in order to determine their geological historyAbbreviation: stratig
archaeol a vertical section through the earth showing the relative positions of the human artefacts and therefore the chronology of successive levels of occupation
Derived forms of stratigraphystratigrapher (strəˈtɪɡrəfə) or stratigraphist (strəˈtɪɡrəfɪst), nounstratigraphic (ˌstrætɪˈɡræfɪk) or stratigraphical, adjective
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Scientific definitions for stratigraphy
[ strə-tĭg′rə-fē ]
The scientific study of rock strata, especially the distribution, deposition, correlation, and age of sedimentary rocks.
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