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stratified

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Definition divided into layers or subgroups
  • Middle Schools are stratified into cliques of different types of students.
  • born into poverty in rigidly stratified Georgian England
  • Hopeful signs that increased interracial marriage will decrease racial stratification.
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • a stratified rock slope
  • Society stratifies when the income gap widens
  • Up to now, we have looked at one of Darwin's arguments for biological evolution, namely, the stratified deposits of fossils in various layers of rock.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • It is true that our society is stratified, and very rigidly stratified, on what at first sight appear to be hereditary lines.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The two men drank whiskey from bottles and filled the room with a stratified lake of cigarette smoke in the flame-white light of night.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Water settled in isothermal layers of uniform stratification.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • In 1966, Labov and colleagues began studying the changing role of "r" in the social stratification of the city.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She had found another life in the stratified layers of higher economics, with a doctorate and gainful employment with the Canadian Government.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It was literally teeming, stratified, with the shades of human groups, who had met there for tragedy, comedy, farce; real enactments of the intensest kind.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Rural communities are losing their middle class and becoming socially stratified, divided between a small, wealthy elite and large numbers of the working poor.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • And again, as she soon discovered, the line of demarcation and stratification between the rich and the poor in Lycurgus was as sharp as though cut by a knife or divided by a high wall.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The two women looked across a landscape of vacant lots filled with years of stratified deposits—the age of house garbage, the age of construction debris and vandalized car bodies, the age of moldering mobster parts.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • It was a kind of satire on Nature: it was the scientific method, the geologic method; it deposited the history of the family in a stratified record; and the antiquary could dig through it and tell by the remains of each period what changes of diet the family had introduced successively for a hundred years.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • And this same widening gulf—which is due to the length and expense of the higher educational process and the increased facilities for and temptations towards refined habits on the part of the rich—will make that exchange between class and class, that promotion by intermarriage which at present retards the splitting of our species along lines of social stratification, less and less frequent.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It is true that our society is stratified, and very rigidly stratified, on what at first sight appear to be hereditary lines.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • In which sex, drugs and dirty words began to unstratify the culture.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unstratify means not and reverses the meaning of stratify. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • David always said Lexington was like the limestone on which it was built: layers of stratification, nuances of being and belonging, your place in the hierarchy fixed in stone long ago.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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