Definition of interstadial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈstādēəl/


Relating to a minor period of less cold climate during a glacial period. Compare with interglacial.
Example sentences
  • Between 20000 and 105000 BP the GRIP and GISP2 cores record 22 warm interstadial events reflecting extremely rapid climatic change in the North Atlantic.
  • The value of - 9 m for Robe Range relates to deposition during interstadial 5c rather than during the interglacial maximum.
  • Robe 11 and Robe III refer respectively to interstadial Substages Sa and Sc according to the terminology of Schwebel.


An interstadial period.
Example sentences
  • At Vostok, however, only nine interstadials are recorded in the same time period.
  • Data from the GRIP ice core from Greenland show that this cold period was not uniformly cold and 24 interstadials are recognized (DansgaardOeschger events).
  • And even the glacial periods themselves are divided into colder phases and temperate interstadials.


Early 20th century: from inter- 'between' + stadial from Latin stadialis, from stadium 'stage'.

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Syllabification: in·ter·sta·di·al

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