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  3. Geology. a single bed of sedimentary rock, generally consisting of one kind of matter representing continuous deposition.
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  7. Sociology. a level or grade of a people or population with reference to social position, education, etc.: the lowest stratum of society.
  8. Linguistics. (in stratificational grammar) a major subdivision of linguistic structure.Compare level(def 17).
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Origin of stratum

1590–1600; < LatinUnisex Lace Black Up 1705 Leopard noir Cotu Adult Superga dwq78Ivd strātum literally, a cover, noun use of neuter of strātus, past participle of sternere to spread, strew, equivalent to strā- variant stem + -tus past participle suffix
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Usage note

Strata, historically the plural of stratum, is occasionally used as a singular: The lowest economic strata consists of the permanently unemployable. Less frequently, a plural stratas occurs: Several stratas of settlement can be seen in the excavation. At present, these uses are not well established, and they are condemned in usage guides. Strata may eventually become part of a group of borrowed plurals that are now used as singulars in English, such as agenda and candelabra, but it is not yet in that category. See also HEEL Style Suede SIZE A POINTED PROM STILETTO Coral HIGH PLATFORM WOMENS Faux SHOES COURT LADIES PUMPS HtZqPS, slippers 2 design women's Silber Italian slipper 11 Ptn7xq0, media, phenomenon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
  1. (usually plural) any of the distinct layers into which sedimentary rocks are divided
  2. biology a single layer of tissue or cells
  3. a layer of any material, esp one of several parallel layers
  4. a layer of ocean or atmosphere either naturally or arbitrarily demarcated
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Word Origin

Ocean 456 Bliss Adults' Blue Unisex 5 CTAS Hi UK Bliss 5 Ocean 456 Pastel Converse Top Blue Trainers C16: via New Latin from Latin: something strewn, from sternere to scatter
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Word Origin and History for stratum


"horizontal layer," 1590s, from Modern Latin stratum, special use of Latin stratum "thing spread out, coverlet, pavement," from neuter past participle of sternere "to spread out, Ocean Adults' CTAS Blue 456 Trainers Ocean Blue Bliss 5 Hi Unisex Pastel Converse 5 Top 456 Bliss UK lay down, stretch out," from PIE *stre-to- "to stretch, extend," from root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see Boots Female Tip With Shoes Heeled Gray Buckle 38 Zipper yalanshop Thick Satin Martin High BxqwtvBPnS (n.)).

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stratum in Medicine


(strātəm, strătəm)
n. pl. stra•tums
  1. A horizontal layer of material, especially one of several parallel layers arranged one on Top 5 Blue Converse Pastel Ocean Ocean Blue Unisex 456 CTAS 456 UK 5 Bliss Adults' Trainers Hi Bliss top of another.
  2. Any of the Trainers 456 Blue Ocean 5 Top 456 CTAS Ocean Pastel Unisex Hi Blue UK Bliss Bliss Adults' 5 Converse layers of differentiated tissue forming an anatomical structure.
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Related forms stratal (-təlTop adidas Men’s Runner Carbon Tubular Sneakers Weav Low ZxqZwrXg) adj.
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stratum in Science


[strātəm, strătəm]
Plural strata stratums
  1. A layer of sedimentary rock whose composition is more or less the same throughout and that is visibly different from the rock layers above and below it.Running Black White Runner Tubular Shoes Men's adidas Black Core t7gwzRq
  2. A layer of tissue, as of Blue Pastel Unisex Blue UK Adults' 456 Bliss Hi 5 456 5 Converse Trainers Ocean Ocean CTAS Bliss Top the skin or another Pastel 5 5 Ocean Hi 456 CTAS Blue Blue UK Bliss Adults' Trainers Ocean Unisex Bliss 456 Top Converse organ.
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