Definition of Plateau

1. Noun. A relatively flat highland.


Definition of Plateau

1. n. A flat surface; especially, a broad, level, elevated area of land; a table- land.

Definition of Plateau

1. Noun. A largely level expanse of land at a high elevation; tableland. ¹

2. Noun. A comparatively stable level in something that varies. ¹

3. Noun. (''sports broadcast jargon'') A notable level of attainment or achievement. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) Reach a stable level; level off. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Plateau

1. a level stretch of elevated land [n -TEAUS or -TEAUX] / to reach a period or condition of stability [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Plateau

1. A flat elevated segment of a graphic record. Origin: Fr. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plateau

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plate iron
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plate tectonic theory
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plateasm
plateasms
plateau (current term)
plateau iris
plateau phase
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platel

Literary usage of Plateau

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The level character of the plateau may be due to the horizontally of the strata ... A plateau of this type — that is, an elevated peneplain — may be readily ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"It is an elevated plateau, ranging in its surfaces from two to five thousand ... The interior plateau has an average altitude of 3500 feet, and stretches ..."

3. Forest Physiography: Physiography of the United States and Principles of by Isaiah Bowman (1911)
"The cactus, mescal, and plants of the century family are present in greater abundance than on the plateau, but in less abundance and in more stunted ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1900)
"In a distance of nearly 10 miles northward of Nuku-Alofa the plateau is nowhere more than 15 fathoms deep ; and a long tongue runs northward, ..."

5. Bulletin by North Carolina Dept. of Conservation and Development, North Carolina Geological Survey (1883-1905), North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey (1894)
"THE EASTERN PINE BELT OF THE PIEDMONT plateau The forest belt lying to the eastward with the woods composed of broad-leaf trees and pine can be separated ..."

6. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain) (1899)
"But it is desirable, before describing the plateau, to give a brief description of the route followed to reach the plateau. Chinde, the port at one of the ..."

7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The Mongolian Gobi, on the other hand, owing to its position on the lower terrace of the plateau of eastern Asia, must be regarded as ..."

8. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1866)
"I pointed out the position of the enemy, now I withdraw our forces from before the enemy's occupying, apparently in force, the plateau from ', position, ..."

9. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The level character of the plateau may be due to the horizontally of the strata ... A plateau of this type — that is, an elevated peneplain — may be readily ..."

10. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"It is an elevated plateau, ranging in its surfaces from two to five thousand ... The interior plateau has an average altitude of 3500 feet, and stretches ..."

11. Forest Physiography: Physiography of the United States and Principles of by Isaiah Bowman (1911)
"The cactus, mescal, and plants of the century family are present in greater abundance than on the plateau, but in less abundance and in more stunted ..."

12. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1900)
"In a distance of nearly 10 miles northward of Nuku-Alofa the plateau is nowhere more than 15 fathoms deep ; and a long tongue runs northward, ..."

13. Bulletin by North Carolina Dept. of Conservation and Development, North Carolina Geological Survey (1883-1905), North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey (1894)
"THE EASTERN PINE BELT OF THE PIEDMONT plateau The forest belt lying to the eastward with the woods composed of broad-leaf trees and pine can be separated ..."

14. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain) (1899)
"But it is desirable, before describing the plateau, to give a brief description of the route followed to reach the plateau. Chinde, the port at one of the ..."

15. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The Mongolian Gobi, on the other hand, owing to its position on the lower terrace of the plateau of eastern Asia, must be regarded as ..."

16. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1866)
"I pointed out the position of the enemy, now I withdraw our forces from before the enemy's occupying, apparently in force, the plateau from ', position, ..."

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