Meaning of plateau
Pronunciation: (pla-tō' or, esp. Brit., plat'ō), [key]
— n., pl. v., -teaus, -teaux -teaued, -teau•ing.
- a land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side, and often cut by deep canyons.
- a period or state of little or no growth or decline: to reach a plateau in one's career.
- a period of little or no apparent progress in an individual's learning, marked by an inability to increase speed, reduce number of errors, etc., and indicated by a horizontal stretch in a learning curve or graph.
- a flat stand, as for a centerpiece, sometimes extending the full length of a table.
- to reach a state or level of little or no growth or decline, esp. to stop increasing or progressing; remain at a stable level of achievement; level off: After a period of uninterrupted growth, sales began to plateau.
- to cause to remain at a stable level, esp. to prevent from rising or progressing: Rising inflation plateaued sales income.
- plateau (Thesaurus)