Definition of stratigraphy in English:

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Pronunciation: /strəˈtiɡrəfē/


1The branch of geology concerned with the order and relative position of strata and their relationship to the geological time scale.
Example sentences
  • The sixty pages on palaeontology emphasize geology and stratigraphy and chiefly illustrate trilobites.
  • With the new discipline of stratigraphy to hand, geological maps of both practical and academic value could be, and were, produced by surveyors and scholars towards the end of the eighteenth century.
  • More than any other fossil collector in the western New York area, Tom paid attention to the scientific aspects of paleontology, stratigraphy, and geology in general.
1.1The analysis of the order and position of layers of archaeological remains.
Example sentences
  • Inspiration is gained from the actions of the archaeologist, using stratigraphy as a recording practice, that records spacio-temporal paradigms.
  • But unless you have already mastered vertebrate anatomy, Mesozoic stratigraphy, and phylogenetic analysis, it's probably not the place to begin.
  • Lysons did not fully understand stratigraphy, and he mistook the date of the villa.
1.2The structure of a particular set of strata.
Example sentences
  • Oscillating reactions are thought to play key roles in biological morphogenesis and geologic stratigraphy.
  • Completing the exhibitions is a diorama of the geology of the area north of Johannesburg, the Magaliesburg area, that shows details of the region's topography, geology, and stratigraphy.
  • These rocks are generally divided into two major types in view of their lithology, internal stratigraphy and contact relationships with surrounding rocks.



Pronunciation: /-fər/
Example sentences
  • He taught and supervised the work of an entire generation of Chinese stratigraphers and palaeontologists.
  • For seismic stratigraphers, the combined high-resolution images and associated sampling control offer crucial information about the history of sea level changes over the last 50,000 years.
  • Those key ingredients were reinforced and nurtured by an impressive array of paleontologists, stratigraphers, and others first in high school, and then in college.


Pronunciation: /ˌstradəˈɡrafik/
Example sentences
  • The well data were used for stratigraphic and lithological analysis, for correlation of the depositional units and time to depth conversion.
  • The study area contains two regions with different Mesozoic stratigraphic successions and structures of different dimensions.
  • In the following section, the results of the new field study and stratigraphic and volcanological interpretations are described.


Pronunciation: /ˌstratəˈɡrafikəl/
Example sentences
  • Second, there are many stratigraphical and palaeontological similarities in the Palaeogene successions of the Hampshire and London basins.
  • The age of the Whin Sill complex and the associated dykes can be narrowed down to Late Carboniferous to Early Permian by stratigraphical evidence.
  • Two endmember scenarios are defined as possible models to explain the different mineral-chemical stratigraphical styles shown by turbidite sandstones.


Mid 19th century: from stratum + -graphy.

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Syllabification: stra·tig·ra·phy

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