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stratification

[strat-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌstræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
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.
  1. formation of strata; deposition or occurrence in strata.
  2. a stratum.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Medieval Latin strātificātiōn- (stem of strātificātiō). See strati-, -fication
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stratification

/ˌstrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
stratificational, adjective
Word Origin
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 social-stratification

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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social-stratification in Medicine

stratification strat·i·fi·ca·tion (strāt'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
An arrangement in layers or strata.

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social-stratification in Science
stratification
  (strāt'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)   
Formation or deposition of layers, as of rock, sediments, or atmospheric regions.
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social-stratification in Culture

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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