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A flat, elevated region; a plateau or mesa.


(Physical Geography) flat elevated land; a plateau


(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.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tableland - a relatively flat highlandtableland - 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)


[ˈteɪbllænd] Nmeseta f, altiplano m (LAm)


[ˈteɪblˌlænd] ntavolato, altopiano
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At Redding they crossed the Sacramento on a cable ferry, and made a day's scorching traverse through rol}ing foot-hills and flat tablelands.
It grew plainer every second, until she discovered it to be a row of jagged rocks at the end of the desert, while high above these rocks she could see a tableland of green grass and beautiful trees.
The surrounding shores were beautiful with semitropical verdure, while in the distance the country rose from the ocean in hill and tableland, almost uniformly clothed by primeval forest.
Flintcomb-Ash being in the middle of the cretaceous tableland over which no railway had climbed as yet, it would be necessary to walk.
At the camp Virginia found that a neat clearing had been made upon a little tableland, a palisade built about it, and divided into three parts; the most northerly of which contained a small house for herself and her father, another for von Horn, and a common cooking and eating house over which Sing was to preside.
Still climbing, although he paused often from sheer physical weakness, they scaled forest-clad heights until they emerged on a naked mesa or tableland.
A rounded meadow revealed itself, when they had reached it, for a vast tableland running far into the valley.
Harold March, the rising reviewer and social critic, was walking vigorously across a great tableland of moors and commons, the horizon of which was fringed with the far-off woods of the famous estate of Torwood Park.
The wind farm will operate for at least 25 years and generate enough power to supply more than 50,000 homes similar to the number of households in Cook Shire, Mareeba Shire, Tablelands Region, and northern Cairns suburbs combined.
Four broad landscape categories received the most attention: (1) steep slopes where landslides occur, (2) coastlines where sand, gravel, and boulders can move by wave and ice action, and (3) the nearly bare surfaces of the Tablelands and Trout River Gulch where various forms of patterned ground occur, and (4) the valleys and beds of brooks and rivers where banks erode, channels switch, and sediments move.
In addition to its 12 distinctive eco-regions that include prairies, mountains, and tablelands, the Sooner State features multiple parks and forests, high-rise skylines, and a little-known high concentration of art deco architecture.