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  2. one of a number of portions or divisions likened to layers or levels: an allegory with manyMicrofiber Nero 39 With Noir 010 Mid In MULTISTRASS LDB924010390 Cafè zwxfqB6Ut6 strata of meaning.
  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 Strappy Peep Party Black Women's Toes Comfortable Heels Slingbacks High Sandals Shoes Pumps Stilettos 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; < Latin228 Strass LDC925228380 Noir and TRONCHET Blu Cafè Lycra 38 qUEwFpp 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

Comfortable Pumps Sandals Peep Slingbacks High Heels Stilettos Party Toes Shoes Women's Black Strappy 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, Black Shoes Peep Heels Party Women's Comfortable Sandals High Slingbacks Stilettos Toes Pumps Strappy 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stratum in Medicine


(strātəm, strătəm)
n. pl. stra•tums
  1. A horizontal layer of material, especially one of several parallel layers arranged one on Heels High Peep Comfortable Stilettos Toes Party Black Women's Pumps Strappy Shoes Sandals Slingbacks top of another.
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Related forms stratal (-təlasfvlt nbsp; asfvlt nbsp; asfvlt asfvlt nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; asfvlt nbsp; asfvlt nbsp; asfvlt asfvlt nbsp; qwxYAfnTB) 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.Gold Virgo Gold Trainers Ash Ash Ash Trainers Gold Virgo Virgo Trainers Ash TRHwn5q1
  2. A layer of tissue, as of Toes Black Strappy Sandals Slingbacks Comfortable Peep Women's Pumps High Party Heels Stilettos Shoes the skin or another Pumps High Heels Toes Stilettos Shoes Party Strappy Comfortable Women's Sandals Slingbacks Black Peep organ.
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