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stratigraphy

[ struh-tig-ruh-fee ]
/ strəˈtɪg rə fi /
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noun

a branch of geology dealing with the classification, nomenclature, correlation, and interpretation of stratified rocks.

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Origin of stratigraphy

First recorded in 1860–65; strati- + -graphy

OTHER WORDS FROM stratigraphy

stra·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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British Dictionary definitions for stratigraphy

stratigraphy
/ (strəˈtɪɡrəfɪ) /

noun

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 stratigraphy

stratigrapher (strəˈtɪɡrəfə) or stratigraphist (strəˈtɪɡrəfɪst), nounstratigraphic (ˌstrætɪˈɡræfɪk) or stratigraphical, adjective
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Medical definitions for stratigraphy

stratigraphy
[ strə-tĭgrə-fē ]

n.

tomography

Other words from stratigraphy

strat′i•graphic (străt′ĭ-grăfĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for stratigraphy

stratigraphy
[ strə-tĭgrə-fē ]

The scientific study of rock strata, especially the distribution, deposition, correlation, and age of sedimentary rocks.
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