social-stratification

stratification

[strat-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or an instance of stratifying.
2.
a stratified state or appearance: the stratification of ancient ruins from eight different periods.
3.
Also called social stratification. Sociology. the hierarchical or vertical division of society according to rank, caste, or class: stratification of feudal society.
4.
Geology.
a.
formation of strata; deposition or occurrence in strata.
b.
a stratum.

Origin:
1610–20; < Medieval Latin strātificātiōn- (stem of strātificātiō). See strati-, -fication

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stratification (ˌstrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
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 stratify]
 
stratifi'cational
 
adj

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stratification
1617, from Mod.L. stratificationem (nom. stratificatio), from stratificatus, pp. of stratificare "to form strata," from stratum "thing spread out" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious).
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stratification strat·i·fi·ca·tion (strāt'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
An arrangement in layers or strata.

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stratification   (strāt'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
Formation or deposition of layers, as of rock, sediments, or atmospheric regions.
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stratification definition


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.
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