AskDefine | Define stratified

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1 divide society into social classes or castes; "Income distribution often stratifies a society"
2 form layers or strata; "The rock stratifies"
3 develop different social levels, classes, or castes; "Society stratifies when the income gap widens"
4 form, arrange, or deposit in layers; "The fish are stratified in barrels"; "The rock was stratified by the force of the water"; "A statistician stratifies the list of names according to the addresses"
5 render fertile and preserve by placing between layers of earth or sand; "stratify seeds" [also: stratified]stratified adj
1 arranged in a sequence of grades or ranks; "stratified areas of the distribution" [syn: graded, ranked]
2 deposited or arranged in horizontal layers; "stratified rock" [syn: bedded] [ant: unstratified]
3 (used of society) socially hierarchical; "American society is becoming increasingly stratified" [syn: class-conscious]stratified See stratify

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  1. arranged in a sequence of layers or strata
  2. In the context of "of society": having a class structure


Extensive Definition

Stratification is the building up of layers, and can have several meanings
stratified in Czech: Stratifikace
stratified in German: Stratifikation
stratified in Dutch: Stratificatie
stratified in Portuguese: Estratificação

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