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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 ?
This is a great lake of salt water, laving the feet of the mountains, but extending far to the west-southwest, into one of those vast and elevated plateaus of land, which range high above the level of the Pacific.
Not exactly," replied Barbicane, smiling; "do you not see that among these elevated plateaus we shall have a much easier work of it?
When I finished my last letter I stated that we were within seven miles from an enormous line of ruddy cliffs, which encircled, beyond all doubt, the plateau of which Professor Challenger spoke.
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.
The plateau being somewhat tilted towards the west, this spot on which we had paused commanded a wide prospect on either hand.
That night they camped upon a rocky plateau which was sparsely wooded with jarrah, and here once again they were visited by the weird, nocturnal apparition that had already filled them with a nameless terror.
When the visitor has mounted the crumbling steps of this ancient donjon, he reaches a little plateau where, in the seventeenth century, Georges Philibert de Sequigny, Lord of the Glandier, Maisons-Neuves and other places, built the existing town in an abominably rococo style of architecture.
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.
We reached them, and to our surprise, so far as we had a capacity for surprise left in us, on a little plateau or ridge close by we saw that the clinker was covered with a dense green growth.
And so it was that he continued on toward the west, and crossing a range of low mountains came in sight of a broad plateau, rock strewn and desolate.
Presently we found a rift in the cliff which had been widened and extended by the action of the water draining through it from the plateau above.
On the summit was a small uneven plateau, with a stretch across of a hundred paces, and a depth of half as much again.