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
You could have a totally unbiased exit poll with zero sampling error, but until the stratification is accounted for, you have no information.
With universal schooling, this might be the only outcome, and may be why income stratification is prevelant in many advanced societies, and getting more prevelant.
If individuals value social stratification, is it the government's business to correct them?
This process of stratification is based, as it has been in the past, on valuing the rights and privileges of some while denying or stripping away the rights of others.
Dallas 'stratification is largely disbursed along the lines of income rather than reflectivity.
Once this stratification is organized, a very slow evolution takes place by displacement of the contours and the globules, giving (according to circumstances over which I had no control) more or less importance to one band or the other or a series of bands which is the reason for the extraordinary variety of stepped laminae which are observed.
The Index is put together using a technique known as stratification, which is an average of sale prices for common groups of properties.
The seeds sometimes respond to moderate stratification, that is, a 24hour water soak followed by 2-3 days of cold storage at 4°-5°C.
And in a certain sense this is true; since, if my views are correct, the glacier exists and is in full life and activity before the secondary blue bands arise in it, whereas the stratification is a feature of its embryo condition, already established in the accumulated snow before it begins its transformation into glacier-ice.
The topic of social class is called stratification within sociology, and most departments offer a course in it.