plateau

See also: Plateau

EnglishEdit

 
Diagram showing plateaus.

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French plateau, diminutive of plat (a plate); see plate.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈplætəʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /plæˈtoʊ/
  • (file)
  • Homophones: plateaux
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

NounEdit

plateau (plural plateaus or plateaux)

  1. A largely level expanse of land at a high elevation; tableland.
  2. A comparatively stable level in something that varies.
    • 2008 May 28, Tara Parker-Pope, “Hint of Hope as Child Obesity Rate Hits Plateau”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Childhood obesity, rising for more than two decades, appears to have hit a plateau, a potentially significant milestone in the battle against excessive weight gain among children.
  3. (dated) An ornamental dish for the table; a tray or salver.
  4. (sports, broadcasting) A notable level of attainment or achievement.

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VerbEdit

plateau (third-person singular simple present plateaus, present participle plateauing, simple past and past participle plateaued)

  1. (intransitive) To reach a stable level; to level off.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French plateau, diminutive of plat (a plate); see English plate.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /plaːˈtoː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pla‧teau
  • Rhymes: -oː

NounEdit

plateau n (plural plateaus, diminutive plateautje n)

  1. plateau (level expanse of land)
    Synonym: hoogvlakte
  2. plateau (comparatively stable level)
  3. plateau (tray) (Southern)

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FrenchEdit

 
French Wikipedia has an article on:
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EtymologyEdit

plat +‎ -eau

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plateau m (plural plateaux)

  1. flat area
  2. tray
  3. (geography) plateau
  4. stage (in theatre); set (of television broadcast)
  5. (cycling) chainring

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