streI t@m [or] strae t@m
definition 1: a horizontal layer, esp. one of several parallel layers in a pile.
example: Sliced eggplant forms the lowest stratum of this delicious dish, and then there are several layers of sauce, cheese, and more eggplant.
definition 2: a layer of material of similar composition, depth, temperature, or the like, as in a geological formation or the earth’s atmosphere.
example: The troposphere is the innermost stratum of the earth’s atmosphere.
definition 3: a level in a social hierarchy.
example: Those belonging to the lowest stratum of society were most likely to be convicted of crimes they were innocent of.
definition: to consider more desirable than something else.
example: She prefers dark chocolate to milk chocolate.
example: He prefers walking to taking the bus.
example: I prefer to live in a small town rather than in a large city.
example: They prefer us to come on the weekend rather than during the week.
example: I prefer his living at home to his living in an apartment he cannot afford.
example: We prefer that our son be seen by another doctor.
example: I prefer that she sit here next to me.
definition 1: to do or observe habitually or customarily.
example: All of her family members practice yoga.
definition 2: to repeatedly do or perform (something) to become skillful.
example: The band practiced the song until they could play it well.
example: If you practice your serve, your tennis game will improve.
example: You should practice parking the car a few more times before you take the driver’s test.
example: Another actor helped him practice saying his lines for the play.
definition 3: to pursue (an occupation or activity)
example: She practices law and her sister practices medicine.