Meaning of STRATIFICATION in English

STRATIFICATION

/strat'euh fi kay"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act or an instance of stratifying.

2. a stratified state or appearance: the stratification of ancient ruins from eight different periods.

3. Sociol. the hierarchical or vertical division of society according to rank, caste, or class: stratification of feudal society.

4. Geol.

a. formation of strata; deposition or occurrence in strata.

b. a stratum.

[ 1610-20; stratification- (s. of stratificatio ). See STRATI-, -FICATION ]

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