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 stratigraphic (audio) \

Definition of stratigraphic

: of, relating to, or determined by stratigraphy

Examples of stratigraphic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Established in 2018, this scientific method involves the study of the minuscule stratigraphic layers of soot that accumulate on cave walls. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 But the new study based on a complete stratigraphic record and carried out by labs in Austria, Belgium, Japan, and the United States, suggests that the dust of the impact circulated in the atmosphere for no more than a couple of decades. David Bressan, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 In his essay on Smith as a cartographer, Tom Sharpe suggests that Banks may have helped the spread of Smith’s ideas about fossils as stratigraphic signifiers abroad as well as at home. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021 This stratigraphic approach was not put into practice for another century, when British archaeologist Flinders Petrie began using this technique in Palestine. National Geographic, 5 Oct. 2020 With Aborigine permission, the team reexcavated the site in 2012 and 2015 with painstaking stratigraphic controls. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 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, 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, 11 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of stratigraphic

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Stratigraphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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