noun, plural pla·teaus, pla·teaux [pla-tohz or, esp. British, plat-ohz] /plæˈtoʊz or, esp. British, ˈplæt oʊz/.
verb (used without object), pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing.
verb (used with object), pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing.
Origin of plateau
Examples from the Web for plateau
Contemporary Examples of plateau
In those countries the study revealed little evidence of any plateau.Americans Aren’t Getting Fat Alone
May 9, 2014
Those carbs need to be burned with cardio, or else weight loss will plateau.Dispelling the ‘Chronic Cardio’ Myth
April 23, 2014
You rise, you plateau, but at the end of the day everyone comes down.Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes
March 25, 2013
Furthermore, until the Iranain revolution of 1979, Iranians have rarely left their plateau.Iranian Americans, Take a Lesson
July 24, 2012
The world population may plateau physically, but we are multiplying ourselves digitally and robotically.Freud Gets Automated
June 22, 2012
Historical Examples of plateau
We drive on for a mile or two till we reach the summit of the plateau.
The drive from Mende to the plateau of Sauveterre is a curious experience.
On the Dana plateau, for example, by the expenditure of 32 hours of labour 48 cwt.Freeland
The third is found at the point called the Plateau of Hyena.
I saw, too, that plateau on the other side, of which I had heard; later I explored it.The First Violin
noun plural -eaus or -eaux (-əʊz)
Word Origin for plateau
1796, "elevated tract of relatively level land," from French plateau "table-land," from Old French platel (12c.) "flat piece of metal, wood, etc.," diminutive of plat "flat surface or thing," noun use of adjective plat "flat, stretched out" (12c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *plattus, from Greek platys "flat, wide, broad" (see plaice). Meaning "stage at which no progress is apparent" is attested from 1897, originally in psychology of learning. In reference to sexual stimulation from 1960.
1952, from plateau (n.). Related: Plateaued; plateauing.