Definition of Devensian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the most recent Pleistocene glaciation in Britain, identified with the Weichselian of northern Europe.

    • ‘These processes can be observed occurring in the near-surface at present and have also affected late Devensian and pre-late Devensian glacial deposits.’
    • ‘Scoping calculations have shown that these strains would have been of the order of 10-5 at Sellafield for the Devensian ice sheet.’
    • ‘As Devensian glacial landforms are still fresh, it is assumed for simplicity that a negligible amount of these has been eroded so far.’
    • ‘What separates that time from today, however, was the most recent glacial phase: the Devensian glaciations.’
    • ‘Younger cited evidence for extensive ground freezing in SE England during the Devensian, beyond the limit of the Devensian ice sheet.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Devensian The Devensian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.


1960s: from Latin Devenses ‘people dwelling near the River Dee’ (see Dee (sense 2))+ -ian.