from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To form, arrange, or deposit in layers.
  • transitive v. To preserve (seeds) by placing them between layers of moist sand or similar material.
  • transitive v. To arrange or separate into castes, classes, or social levels.
  • transitive v. To separate into a sequence of graded status levels.
  • intransitive v. To become layered; form strata.
  • intransitive v. To develop different levels of caste, class, privilege, or status.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To become separated out into distinct layers or strata.
  • v. To separate out into distinct layers or strata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To form or deposit in strata, or layers, as substances in the earth; to arrange in strata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form into a layer or layers, as substances in the earth; lay or arrange in strata.
  • To preserve (tree-seeds) by spreading them in layers alternating with layers of earth or sand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. form, arrange, or deposit in layers
  • v. develop different social levels, classes, or castes
  • v. render fertile and preserve by placing between layers of earth or sand
  • v. form layers or strata
  • v. divide society into social classes or castes


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