from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to discrete stages of development.
  • noun A comparatively brief period of climatic cooling during an interglacial, often characterized by glacial advances.

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  • adjective geology Pertaining to a glacial stade.
  • adjective archaeology, sociology Pertaining to or existing in successive stages of a given culture, society etc.
  • noun geology A short, colder period within an interglacial; a stade.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[stadi(um) + –al.]

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From Latin stadiālis, from stadium.


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