stratification

noun
strat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌstra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce stratification (audio) \

Definition of stratification

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

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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.

Examples of stratification in a Sentence

the stratification of the Earth's crust

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In stratigraphy, archaeologists assume that sites undergo stratification over time, leaving older layers beneath newer ones. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How archaeologists determine the date of ancient sites and artifacts," 28 June 2019 Fewer seem to appreciate the nuanced racial stratification and operations Spaniards carried out. Imani J. Jackson, Essence, "U.N. Recognizes Fort Mose, Free Black Town Established 127 Years Before Juneteenth," 19 June 2019 What such a case shows is not that old laws have failed to keep pace with new family forms, but how the state can generate new forms of stratification even as older ones fade. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Who’s is your daddy? It’s not all about DNA," 16 June 2019 At the same time, stratification has been reinforced in other contexts, as in the contrasting definitions of parentage among citizens and foreigners. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Who’s is your daddy? It’s not all about DNA," 16 June 2019 The story was told on Twitter in real time, analyzed at length by bloggers and journalists as a symbol of class stratification and American avarice, and then pulled apart by competing Netflix and Hulu documentaries this January. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why are so many music festivals total disasters?," 11 June 2019 Give seeds 4 to 6 weeks of cold, moist stratification to promote uniform germination. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 Give seeds 4 to 6 weeks of cold, moist stratification to promote uniform germination. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 Give seeds 4 to 6 weeks of cold, moist stratification to promote uniform germination. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of stratification

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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stratification

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stratification

: the state of being divided into social classes
technical : the state of having many layers

stratification

noun
strat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌstrat-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce stratification (audio) \

Medical Definition of stratification

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

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