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chalk strata (2)

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin strātum (a spread for a bed, coverlet, quilt, blanket; a pillow, bolster; a bed), neuter singular of strātus, perfect passive participle of sternō (spread).

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stratum (plural stratums or strata)

  1. One of several parallel horizontal layers of material arranged one on top of another.
    Synonym: tier
    • 1884, Alfred Ronald Conkling, Appleton's Guide to Mexico, page 43:
      It is built of alternate strata of brick and clay, and the sides correspond to the direction of the meridians and parallels.
  2. (geology) A layer of sedimentary rock having approximately the same composition throughout.
    Synonyms: bed, layer
    Coordinate term: seam
  3. Any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the stratosphere, that occur as layers.
  4. (biology) A layer of tissue.
  5. A class of society composed of people with similar social, cultural, or economic status.
  6. (ecology) A layer of vegetation, usually of similar height.
  7. (computing) The level of accuracy of a computer's clock, relative to others on the network.
    • 2006, Roderick W. Smith, Linux Samba Server Administration:
      Computers that synchronize themselves to the stratum 1 time servers are known as stratum 2 time servers if they allow others to synchronize to them, and so on.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From strātus, perfect passive participle of sternō (spread).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

strātum n (genitive strātī); second declension

  1. a bed-covering, coverlet, quilt, blanket
  2. a pillow, bolster
  3. a bed, couch
  4. a horse-blanket, saddle-cloth
  5. a pavement

DeclensionEdit

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative strātum strāta
Genitive strātī strātōrum
Dative strātō strātīs
Accusative strātum strāta
Ablative strātō strātīs
Vocative strātum strāta

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strātum

  1. accusative supine of sternō

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