from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A horizontal layer of material, especially one of several parallel layers arranged one on top of another.
- n. Geology A bed or layer of sedimentary rock having approximately the same composition throughout.
- n. Any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the troposphere, that occur as layers.
- n. Biology A layer of tissue: the epithelial stratum.
- n. A level of society composed of people with similar social, cultural, or economic status.
- n. One of a number of layers, levels, or divisions in an organized system: a complex poem with many strata of meaning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of several parallel horizontal layers of material arranged one on top of another.
- n. A layer of sedimentary rock having approximately the same composition throughout.
- n. Any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the stratosphere, that occur as layers.
- n. A layer of tissue.
- n. A class of society composed of people with similar social, cultural, or economic status.
- n. A layer of vegetation, usually of similar height.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bed of earth or rock of one kind, formed by natural causes, and consisting usually of a series of layers, which form a rock as it lies between beds of other kinds. Also used figuratively.
- n. A bed or layer artificially made; a course.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A layer of material, formed either naturally or artificially.
- n. In archæol. excavations, one of the layers of deposits left by successive civilizations, as in the overlying cities at Hissarlik, the ancient Troy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)
- n. people having the same social, economic, or educational status
- n. an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
I laid the precious stratum, _super stratum_ upon the two former, and other deposits of
No, it means that too many people of a certain stratum of wealth and power have a dismissive attitude towards the rule of law, and we need to fix that with more severe sanctions.
The scrub stratum is composed mainly of Acacia farnesian, and Eysenhardtia polystachya, and herbaceous stratum is composed of Bouteloua filiformis, B. curtipendula, Hilaria cenchroides, Muhlenbergia stricta, and M. rigida.
I think the most significant effect of commerce and the social stratum is the strengthening of the middle class.
He sees a certain stratum of clouds, and feels a certain humidity in the atmosphere, and in the past he has learned to associate those signs with a fine day tomorrow, so he says, "I see it is going to be a fine day."
The stratum mucosum (mucous layer) is composed of several layers of cells; those of the deepest layer are columnar in shape and placed perpendicularly on the surface of the basement membrane, to which they are attached by toothed extremities; this deepest layer is sometimes termed the stratum germinativum; the succeeding strata consist of cells of a more rounded or polyhedral form, the contents of which are soft, opaque, granular, and soluble in acetic acid.
At no successive instants, during a bright day, after the earth has once been warmed to the temperature of the night air of the previous night, do the same particles touch the surface; an unremitting renewal of the surface air-stratum is in continual progress as long as the heat of the soil or terrestrial surface is greater than that of the air in contact with it.
Recover the integrity of the skin’s outer layer, which is called the stratum corneum
The skin’s outer layer is called the stratum corneum.
The top layer of the skin, known as the stratum corneum, is constantly undergoing renewal via the shedding of dead skin cells.