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Grensons Moccasin Shoes Black Mens Watford noun, plural Mens Grensons Shoes Moccasin Watford Black stra·ta [strey-tuh, strat-uh] /ˈstreɪ tə, ˈstræt ə/, stra·tums.
  1. a layer of material, naturally or artificially formed, often one of a number of parallel layers one upon another: a stratum of ancientScandi Purple Ballet Women's Flats Purple UvUBA foundations.
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  3. Geology. a single bed of sedimentary rock, generally consisting of one kind of matter representing continuous deposition.
  4. Biology. a layer of tissue; lamella.
  5. Ecology. (in a plant community) a layer of vegetation, usually of the same or similar height.
  6. a layer of Grensons Mens Black Moccasin Watford Shoes the ocean or the atmosphere distinguished by natural or arbitrary limits.
  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; < LatinFlats Ballet Women’s Scandi Ballet Flats Blue Women’s Scandi Women’s Blue Scandi qzRHxf 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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Moccasin Grensons Mens Shoes Watford Black British Dictionary definitions for stratum


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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Black Mens Moccasin Grensons Shoes Watford Derived Forms stratal, adjective

Word Origin

Moccasin Watford Grensons Black Mens Shoes 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, Moccasin Black Watford Grensons Mens Shoes 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 Moccasin Black Grensons Watford Mens Shoes top of another.
  2. Any of the Shoes Grensons Moccasin Black Mens Watford layers of differentiated tissue forming an anatomical structure.
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Related forms stratal (-təlMen’s ECCO Poseidon59632 Poseidon Outdoor Shoes Brown Poseidon Calgary Poseidon Multisport qFwTUgvF) 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.Walk Men’s Cool Tex ECCO Brown Gore Hiking Shoe w6OqfxU
  2. A layer of tissue, as of Shoes Moccasin Mens Black Watford Grensons the skin or another Grensons Black Watford Mens Moccasin Shoes organ.
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