- A plateau is high, flat ground or a situation where something has stalled that was progressing forward previously.
- An example of a plateau is a high, flat field.
- An example of a plateau is a situation where no progress is being made on a project while you await funding approval.
- The definition of a plateau is high, flat ground or a situation where something has stalled that was progressing forward previously.
An example of plateau is when a project stalls and can't move forward because decisions cannot be made.
nounpl. plateaus or plateaux
- an elevated tract of more or less level land; tableland; mesa
- a period, level, etc. of relative stability, or relatively little change, as can be shown by a flat extent on a graph, etc.; specif., a period in which an individual's learning rate does not improve
Origin of plateauFrench ; from Old French platel, diminutive ; from plat: see plate
nounpl. pla·teaus or pla·teaux
- An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.
- A relatively stable level, period, or state: Mortgage rates declined, then reached a plateau.
intransitive verbpla·teaued, pla·teau·ing, pla·teaus
Origin of plateauFrench, from Old French platel, platter, from plat, flat; see plate.
(plural plateaus or plateaux)
(third-person singular simple present plateaus, present participle plateauing, simple past and past participle plateaued)
- (intransitive) Reach a stable level; level off.