stratio-, strati-, strato-, strat-, -stratus

(Latin: horizontal layer; "stretched, spread out"; layer, cloud layer; to strew)

altostratus cloud (s) (noun), altostrati clouds (pl)
A primary cloud type consisting of rain, snow, and ice pellets and appearing as a striated, fibrous, or uniform cloud in a gray or bluish sheet or layer: "Altostratatus clouds usually cover most of the visible sky, with parts thin enough so the sun's position can be seen and such cloud formations exist at heights from 6,000 to 20,000 feet (2,000 to 6,100 meters) and they often produce long, steady rain showers."
consternation
1. A feeling of alarm, confusion, or dismay; often caused by something unexpected.
2. A shocked or worried feeling, usually a result of something that happens unexpectedly.
3. Surprise and alarm, which results in panic, deep disappointment, or total confusion: "There was general consternation when the terrifying news was published."
4. Etymology: from French consternation, "dismay, confusion"; from Latin consternationem, consternatio, "confusion, dismay"; from consternat-, the past participle stem of consternare, "to overcome, to confuse, to dismay, to perplex, to terrify, to alarm"; related to consternere, "to throw down, to prostrate"; from com-, "with, together" + sternere, "to spread out".
geological column, geologic column, stratigraphic column
1. The vertical sequence of strata of various ages found in an area or region.
2. A composite diagram which illustrates in a columnar form, with the oldest rocks at the bottom, the sequence of stratigraphic units for a given region, or such a diagram illustrating the subdivisions of part or all of the geologic time.

The chronological or vertical arrangement of rock units illustrated by such a column.

3. The geologic time scale as represented by rocks.
geological section, geologic section; stratigraphical section, stratigraphic section
A local geological column, or any sequence of rock units or formations found at or under the surface in a particular region.
prostrate
1. Lying prone or stretched out with the face downward, e.g., in worship or submission
2. Stretched out in a horizontal position, often because of illness or injury.
3. Drained of physical strength or incapacitated by overexertion or powerful emotion.
4. In botany, used to describe a plant that grows or trails along the ground.
prostration
strata (pl)
See stratum.
straticulate, straticulation
1. Used to describe a rock formation that is made up of thin layers.
2. Arranged in thin layers.
stratification
1. The formation of layers in sedimentary rocks through biological, chemical, or physical changes in the sediments forming them.
2. The formation of layers, castes, classes, or other types of strata.
3. A situation or condition where something is arranged in several strata.
4. A layered arrangement or appearance of successive rock strata.
5. The storing of seeds in a chilled moist environment or material in order to induce germination or to preserve them.
6. In hydrology, the arrangement of water masses in a lake or other body of water into two or more horizontal layers having different characteristics.
7. The formation of layers in snow, ice, or firn as a result of snow sedimentation or other processes [a "firn" is a loose, permeable, granular material that is over a year old, and which is transitional between snow and glacier ice].
stratified
1. In geology, formed, arranged, or laid down in layers or strata.
2. In statistics, of a population, divided into parts on the basis of features such as age or geographical location.
stratifier
stratiform
1. Composed of layers, or with a layered appearance or arrangement.
2. Forming or formed as a layer.
3. Like or having the form of a stratus cloud.
4. In meteorology, of a cloud, having a predominantly horizontal development; the opposite of cumuliform.
stratiformis
In meteorology, a cloud species characterized by an extensive horizontal layer or series of layers, either continuous or noncontinuous; the most common form for the altocumulus and stratocumulus genera, and occasionally found in cirrocumlus.
stratify
1. To form something into a layer or layers, or become formed into a layer or layers.
2. To form or be formed into castes, classes, or other groups based on status.
3. The storing of seeds in a chilled moist environment or material in order to induce germination or to preserve them.
4. In geology, to form layers or strata.
stratigrapher, stratigraphist
In geology, a geologist who specializes in the study of stratigraphy.