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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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 This country has far more class stratification than Americans would admit, and travel is certainly a way to remedy that. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Journalist Fazeelat Aslam on the Importance of Listening as Travelers," 19 Oct. 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 Give seeds 4 to 6 weeks of cold, moist stratification to promote uniform germination. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Gorgeous Medicinal Echinacea In Your Garden," 17 July 2017 But as the tide has shifted away from desegregation enforcement, civil rights advocates say, a growing number of public schools have admissions processes that perpetuate racial and socioeconomic stratification. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of stratification

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of stratification was circa 1617

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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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