Etymology
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stratification (n.)

1610s, from Medieval Latin stratificationem (nominative stratificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of stratificare "to form strata," from stratum "thing spread out" (see stratum) + combining form of facere "to make" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). In sociology from 1879.

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Definitions of stratification

stratification (n.)
the act or process or arranging persons into classes or social strata;
stratification (n.)
the condition of being arranged in social strata or classes within a group;
Synonyms: social stratification
stratification (n.)
forming or depositing in layers;
stratification (n.)
a layered configuration;
stratification (n.)
the placing of seeds in damp sand or sawdust or peat moss in order to preserve them or promote germination;
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