|sociol the hierarchical structures of class and status in any society|
|1.||the arrangement of sedimentary rocks in distinct layers (strata), each layer representing the sediment deposited over a specific period|
|2.||the act of stratifying or state of being stratified|
|3.||sociol See social 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 |
stratification strat·i·fi·ca·tion (strāt'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
An arrangement in layers or strata.
|stratification (strāt'ə-fĭ-kā'shən) Pronunciation Key
Formation or deposition of layers, as of rock, sediments, or atmospheric regions.
The process by which materials form or are deposited in layers, as in sedimentary rocks and some igneous rocks.
Note: The atmosphere and the ocean also exhibit stratification, with the warmer air or water occupying the upper layers.