from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Formation or deposition of layers, as of rock or sediments.
- n. The condition of being stratified.
- n. A layered configuration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the process leading to the formation or deposition of layers, especially of sedimentary rocks
- n. a layering of musical texture
- n. the vertical layering of vegetation in a forest
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of laying in strata, or the state of being laid in the form of strata, or layers.
- n. The deposition of material in successive layers in the growth of a cell wall, thus giving rise to a stratified appearance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of stratifying, or the state of being stratified; formation or arrangement in layers.
- n. Specifically, in geology, deposition in beds or strata: the mode of occurrence of those rocks which have been laid down or spread over the surface by water.
- n. In physiology, the thickening of a cell-wall by the deposition of successive thin layers of formed material; also, the arrangement of the layers so deposited.
- n. In electricity, the appearance presented by an electric discharge, or a series of rapid discharges, in a rarefied gas, light and dark bands or striæ being produced.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a layered configuration
- n. the placing of seeds in damp sand or sawdust or peat moss in order to preserve them or promote germination
- n. forming or depositing in layers
- n. the act or process or arranging persons into classes or social strata
- n. the condition of being arranged in social strata or classes within a group
stratum + -ification (Wiktionary)