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A flat, elevated region; a plateau or mesa.
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(Physical Geography) flat elevated land; a plateau
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(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]
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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)
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[ˈteɪbllænd] Nmeseta f, altiplano m (LAm)
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[ˈteɪblˌlænd] ntavolato, altopiano
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References in classic literature ?
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.
The windy springs and the blazing summers, one after another, had enriched and mellowed that flat tableland; all the human effort that had gone into it was coming back in long, sweeping lines of fertility.
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. Bassett recognized the stuff of its composition as black volcanic sand, and knew that a pocket magnet could have captured a full load of the sharply angular grains he trod upon.
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. The heat grew more insupportable, and the trees and shrubs were blasted and dead.
(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.
Tableland (4) LAST WEEK'S SOLUTION: Across - 1 Cryptogram; 6 Church; 10 Imp; 11 Uneasy; 12 Humbug; 14 Heigh-ho; 15 Unheard-of; 17 In living memory; 20 USA; 21 Dangerous; 23 Son; 24 Out of this world; 28 Dog-kennel; 29 Deposit; 30 Obsess; 32 Aslant; 34 Hen; 35 Sunday; 36 Exasperate.
This report is of an observation made at 0730h AEST on 29 September 2014, about 1 km S of Marraweeney (36[degrees] 44'S, 145[degrees] 45'E), on the Strathbogie Tableland in north-eastern Victoria.