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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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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.
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.
TAP) - Following the steps begun this year by Tunisia, the candidature file of the Jugurtha Tableland to be inscribed on the preliminary the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List, was officially presented on Thursday in Paris.
Other processes were also observed, including the formation of travertine springs of the Tableland, the movement of sand dunes at Shallow Bay and Western Brook, the physical erosion of outcrops at Cow Head, Western Brook headland, and Winterhouse Brook, and the progressive destruction by wave action of the wreck of the S.
However, the climate and soils of the more elevated eastern parts of the New England Tableland of eastern Australia show some of these potentially carbon-conserving characteristics, such as fertile soils high in clay, annual rainfall of approximately 1000 mm predominantly in the growing season and cold (average temperatures ~5-6[degrees]C) winters.
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