AskDefine | Define superposition

Dictionary Definition



1 (geology) the deposition of one geological stratum on another
2 (geology) the principle that in a series of stratified sedimentary rocks the lowest stratum is the oldest [syn: principle of superposition, superposition principle]
3 (geometry) the placement of one object ideally in the position of another one in order to show that the two coincide
4 the placement of one thing on top of another

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The placing of one thing on top of another
  2. The deposition of one stratum over another; the principle that in a series of sedimentary strata, the lower strata are the older

Extensive Definition

The term superposition can have several meanings:
  • the law of superposition in geology and archaeology, which states that underground layers closer to the surface were deposited more recently
superposition in German: Superposition
superposition in Spanish: superposición
superposition in Dutch: Superpositie
superposition in Serbian: Суперпозиција
superposition in Polish: Superpozycja
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1