[tey-buh l-land]


an elevated and generally level region of considerable extent; plateau.

Origin of tableland

First recorded in 1690–1700; table + -land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for tableland

plain, elevation, highland, butte, upland, mesa, table, stage, flat, plateau

Examples from the Web for tableland

Historical Examples of tableland

  • Tableland there is none except little patches of less than an acre.

  • Houses and churches nestled in the curve of tableland, under the mountain.


    Elizabeth Wetherell

  • In the translucent atmosphere of the tableland it looked scarce a mile.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • In the tableland districts, where the rainfall averages 30 in.

    Australia The Dairy Country

    Australia Department of External Affairs

  • It has reached Maquinchao, on the tableland, mid-way across the Andes.

British Dictionary definitions for tableland



flat elevated land; a plateau
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tableland in Science



A flat, elevated region, such as a plateau or mesa.
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