Meaning of stratification

strat•i•fi•ca•tion

Pronunciation: (strat"u-fi-kā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or an instance of stratifying.
  2. a stratified state or appearance: the stratification of ancient ruins from eight different periods.
  3. the hierarchical or vertical division of society according to rank, caste, or class: stratification of feudal society.
    1. formation of strata; deposition or occurrence in strata.
    2. a stratum.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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