strat·​i·​graph·​ic | \ ˌstra-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce stratigraphic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly stratigraphical \ ˌstra-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce stratigraphical (audio) \

Definition of stratigraphic

: of, relating to, or determined by stratigraphy

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Recent Examples on the Web With Aborigine permission, the team reexcavated the site in 2012 and 2015 with painstaking stratigraphic controls. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "A find in Australia hints at very early human exit from Africa," 19 July 2017 Culture ministry experts then took X-rays, infrared images and stratigraphic sections of these portraits to date them and — in some cases — determine whether the labels identifying the sitter as the architect had been added at a later date. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Italian Team Posits That 2 Portraits Show the Architect Andrea Palladio," 12 Apr. 2017 These stratigraphic geometries are not uncommon to see in seismic-reflection data of basin margins, but are more rare to identify in outcrop. Brian Romans, WIRED, "Friday Field Photo #160: Mountainside Stratigraphy — What Do You See? [UPDATE]," 11 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of stratigraphic

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Stratigraphic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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