Definitions for: Plateau


[n] a relatively flat highland



Webster (1913) Definition: Pla*teau", n.; pl. F. Plateaux (F. ?; E. ?), E.
Plateaus. [F., fr. OF. platel, properly a little plate. See
Plate.]
1. A flat surface; especially, a broad, level, elevated area
of land; a table-land.

2. An ornamental dish for the table; a tray or salver.

Synonyms: tableland

See Also: Ardennes, bench, Colorado Plateau, highland, Llano Estacado, mesa, table, terrace, upland

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Famous Quotes Containing Plateau:


The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth".

-- Dan Rather (American Journalist)

Now I know that that is just the phenomena of eating this way. Most all of my letters say I hit a plateau and then one morning I woke up and the melt had happened.

-- Suzanne Somers (American Actress)

Our population is headed for a stable plateau, which means an aging population.

-- Emanuel Celler (American Politician)

I've been thinking about the record since I reached the fifty plateau. But you think about it and then you let it go because you can't waste many brain cells on hours thinking about it.

-- Mark McGwire (American Athlete)

The plateau of Mexico is 8,000 feet high, and that of Puebla 9,000 feet.

-- Edward Burnett Tylor (English Scientist)

I'm always improving and I want to get better and never hit a plateau. I find it an amazing adventure.

-- Nigel Kennedy (English Musician)

Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.

-- Irving Fisher (American Economist)

Fear is that thing that keeps you up there on that other plateau. Fear is that thing that just keeps you closed down, and quite frankly, alone.

-- Andrew Shue (American Actor)

Encouraging underground uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau um, the federal government was the only purchaser of uranium ore to try to manufacture uh, atomic bombs.

-- Tom Udall (American Politician)

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.

-- W. Clement Stone (American Businessman)


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