Definition of Wolstonian in English:

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Pronunciation: /wôlˈstōnēən/


1Relating to or denoting the penultimate Pleistocene glaciation in Britain, identified with the Saale of northern Europe (and perhaps the Riss of the Alps).
Example sentences
  • It is uncertain whether the ice during the Wolstonian stage affected the region.
  • Scourse therefore suggested that the sequence might be attributable to sediments deposited at the end of an interglacial, or possibly during an interstadial within the Wolstonian cold stage.
  • This trough subsequently formed a lake basin which filled with sediment during the entire interglacial and part of the ensuing Wolstonian glacial stage.
1.1 (as noun the Wolstonian) The Wolstonian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.


1960s: from Wolston, the name of a village in central England, + -ian.

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Syllabification: Wol·ston·i·an

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