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.
- plate tectonics,
- plate tracery,
- plate up,
- plate, river,
- plateau pulse,
- plateau's problem,
Origin of plateau
Examples from the Web for plateau
In those countries the study revealed little evidence of any plateau.
Those carbs need to be burned with cardio, or else weight loss will plateau.
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|John Avlon|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Furthermore, until the Iranain revolution of 1979, Iranians have rarely left their plateau.
The world population may plateau physically, but we are multiplying ourselves digitally and robotically.
It is on a plateau—the particular point that I mean—a plateau of precipitous mountains.Running Sands|Reginald Wright Kauffman
She led him back upon the plateau, and, urging him both with whip and voice, she started him again toward the yawning chasm.Led Astray and The Sphinx|Octave Feuillet
Along the crest of the plateau ran a sort of trench whose presence it was impossible for the distant observer to divine.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
The plateau, at an elevation of eighteen hundred feet above the level of the sea, sloped down toward the south.Five Weeks in a Balloon|Jules Verne
From a distance they saw the great cornice, and the plateau where James had watched by Urquhart.Love and Lucy|Maurice Henry Hewlett
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.