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pla·teau

 (plă-tō′)
n. pl. pla·teaus or pla·teaux (-tōz′)
1. An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.
2. A relatively stable level, period, or state: Mortgage rates declined, then reached a plateau.
intr.v. pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing, pla·teaus
To reach a stable level; level off: "The tension seemed to grow by degrees, then it plateaued" (Tom Clancy).

[French, from Old French platel, platter, from plat, flat; see plate.]

plateau

(ˈplætəʊ)
n, pl -eaus or -eaux (-əʊz)
1. (Physical Geography) a wide mainly level area of elevated land
2. a relatively long period of stability; levelling off: the rising prices reached a plateau.
vb (intr)
to remain at a stable level for a relatively long period
[C18: from French, from Old French platel something flat, from plat flat; see plate]

Plateau

(ˈplætəʊ)
n
(Placename) a state of central Nigeria, formed in 1976 from part of Benue-Plateau State: tin mining. Capital: Jos. Pop: 3 178 712 (2006). Area: 30 913 sq km (11 936 sq miles)

pla•teau

(plæˈtoʊ; esp. Brit. ˈplæt oʊ)

n., pl. -teaus, -teaux (-ˈtoʊz, -toʊz)

v. -teaued, -teau•ing. n.
1. a land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side.
2. a period or state of little or no growth or decline, esp. one in which increase or progress ceases: to reach a plateau in one's career.
v.i.
3. to reach a state or level of little or no growth or decline; stabilize.
[1785–95; < French; Old French platel flat object, diminutive of plat plate]

pla·teau

(plă-tō′)
An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land.

plateau

- Can refer to an ornamented dish or tray for serving food.
See also related terms for tray.

plateau


Past participle: plateauing
Gerund: plateaued

Imperative
plateau
plateau
Present
I plateau
you plateau
he/she/it plateaus
we plateau
you plateau
they plateau
Preterite
I plateauing
you plateauing
he/she/it plateauing
we plateauing
you plateauing
they plateauing
Present Continuous
I am plateaued
you are plateaued
he/she/it is plateaued
we are plateaued
you are plateaued
they are plateaued
Present Perfect
I have plateauing
you have plateauing
he/she/it has plateauing
we have plateauing
you have plateauing
they have plateauing
Past Continuous
I was plateaued
you were plateaued
he/she/it was plateaued
we were plateaued
you were plateaued
they were plateaued
Past Perfect
I had plateauing
you had plateauing
he/she/it had plateauing
we had plateauing
you had plateauing
they had plateauing
Future
I will plateau
you will plateau
he/she/it will plateau
we will plateau
you will plateau
they will plateau
Future Perfect
I will have plateauing
you will have plateauing
he/she/it will have plateauing
we will have plateauing
you will have plateauing
they will have plateauing
Future Continuous
I will be plateaued
you will be plateaued
he/she/it will be plateaued
we will be plateaued
you will be plateaued
they will be plateaued
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been plateaued
you have been plateaued
he/she/it has been plateaued
we have been plateaued
you have been plateaued
they have been plateaued
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been plateaued
you will have been plateaued
he/she/it will have been plateaued
we will have been plateaued
you will have been plateaued
they will have been plateaued
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been plateaued
you had been plateaued
he/she/it had been plateaued
we had been plateaued
you had been plateaued
they had been plateaued
Conditional
I would plateau
you would plateau
he/she/it would plateau
we would plateau
you would plateau
they would plateau
Past Conditional
I would have plateauing
you would have plateauing
he/she/it would have plateauing
we would have plateauing
you would have plateauing
they would have plateauing

plateau

A large area of high land with a fairly flat top and steep sides.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plateau - a relatively flat highlandplateau - a relatively flat highland    
highland, upland - elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
mesa, table - flat tableland with steep edges; "the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water"
bench, terrace - a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)

plateau

noun
1. upland, table, highland, mesa, tableland a high, flat plateau of cultivated land
2. levelling off, level, stage, stability The economy is stuck on a plateau of slow growth.
Translations
نَجْد، هَضَبَههضبة
náhorní plošina
højsletteplateau
fennsík
háslétta
plynaukštė
plakankalneplato
náhorná plošina

plateau

[ˈplætəʊ] N (plateaus or plateaux (pl)) [ˈplætəʊz]
1. (Geog) → meseta f
high plateau (in LAm) → altiplano m
2. (fig) → estancamiento m, punto m muerto

plateau

[ˈplætəʊ] [plateaus] (pl) [plateaux] [ˈplætəʊz] (pl)
n
(GEOGRAPHY)plateau m
(= levelling off) → plateau m
to reach a plateau → atteindre un plateau
vi (= level off) [rate, growth, cost] → atteindre un plateau

plateau

n pl <-s or -x> (Geog) → Plateau nt, → Hochebene f; the rising prices have reached a plateaudie Preise steigen nicht mehr und haben sich eingependelt

plateau

[ˈplætəʊ] n (plateaus or plateaux (pl)) (Geog) → altopiano

plateau

(ˈplӕtəu) , ((American) plӕˈtəu) plurals ˈplateaus ~ˈplateaux (-z) noun
an area of high flat land; a mountain with a wide, flat top.
References in classic literature ?
As they came up onto the stone plateau that crowns the hill, Amy waved her hand as if welcoming him to her favorite haunt, and said, pointing here and there, "Do you remember the Cathedral and the Corso, the fishermen dragging their nets in the bay, and the lovely road to Villa Franca, Schubert's Tower, just below, and best of all, that speck far out to sea which they say ils Corsica?
Over her shoulders the newly risen moon poured a flood of silvery light, stretching from her feet across the shining bars of the river to the opposite bank, and on up to the very crest of the Devil's Spur--no longer a huge bulk of crushing shadow, but the steady exaltation of plateau, spur, and terrace clothed with replete and unutterable beauty.
Not a sound disturbed the deep tranquillity of the night, except the distant roar of streams which rush from the high plateau of the St.
The plateau being somewhat tilted towards the west, this spot on which we had paused commanded a wide prospect on either hand.
The morning of Powell's departure was, like nearly all Arizona mornings, clear and beautiful; I could see him and his little pack animals picking their way down the mountainside toward the valley, and all during the morning I would catch occasional glimpses of them as they topped a hog back or came out upon a level plateau.
He knew a way to the north and his own country that the white men did not know--a short cut across an arid plateau where lay water holes of which the white hunters and explorers that had passed from time to time the fringe of the dry country had never dreamed.
The grave, in which they now stood almost to the shoulders, was close to the edge of the plateau of the graveyard; and the gig lamp had been propped, the better to illuminate their labours, against a tree, and on the immediate verge of the steep bank descending to the stream.
The path led at first through undulating grounds, and thence to a plateau, where pastures and tilled fields alternated.
The first squadron moved off; the second followed, and descended from the plateau.
The elevation of the vast plateau on which this lake is situated, is estimated by Captain Bonneville at one and three-fourths of a mile above the level of the ocean.
From that height I had a better idea of the plateau upon the top of the crags.
Towards the second evening she reached the irregular chalk table-land or plateau, bosomed with semi-globular tumuli--as if Cybele the Many-breasted were supinely extended there--which stretched between the valley of her birth and the valley of her love.