stratification

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noun strat·i·fi·ca·tion \ ˌstra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of stratification

1 a :the act or process of stratifying
b :the state of being stratified
2 :a stratified formation

Examples of stratification in a Sentence

  1. the stratification of the Earth's crust

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If you look for it, you'll find stratification almost everywhere. On a tall rain-forest tree, there may be different air plants clinging to it, different insects crawling on it, and different mammals making their homes at different levels. The earth beneath you may be stratified into several distinctive layers within the first 20 feet. If the wind you're feeling is moving at 10 miles per hour, at 30 feet above your head it may be 20 mph, and in the jet stream above that it may be 150 mph. If you climb a high mountain in Himalayas, you may begin in a lush, wet forest and end up in a windswept environment where not even lichen will grow.

First Known Use of stratification

circa 1617


STRATIFICATION Defined for English Language Learners

stratification

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Definition of stratification for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being divided into social classes

  • : the state of having many layers


Medical Dictionary

stratification

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noun strat·i·fi·ca·tion \ ˌstrat-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

medical Definition of stratification

:arrangement or formation in layers or strata
  • stratification of epithelial cells


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