Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An elevated and generally level region of considerable extent; a plateau. Both table-land and plateau are in common use among physical geographers with essentially the same meaning. Chains of mountains frequently rise from or encircle table-lands. The region of the most extensive table-lands of the world is central Asia; the Pyrenees, the Alps, and the Caucasus, on the other hand, are mountain systems characterized by the absence of plateaus. The vast area embraced between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges is a plateau region. That part north of the Great Basin has been called the “Northern. or Columbian, Plateau region of the Cordilleras,” and that south of the Great Basin the “Southern or Colorado Plateau”; and this is a region of great interest, both from its scenery and from its geological structure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A broad, level, elevated area of land; a plateau.
- n. a relatively flat highland
“It seemed as though two immense adders of steel were to be seen crawling towards the crest of the table-land.”
“Montfermeil is situated between Livry and Chelles, on the southern edge of that lofty table-land which separates the Ourcq from the Marne.”
“He suddenly beheld the table-land of Mont – Saint-Jean cleared, and the van of the English army disappear.”
“It was a journey which was not prosecuted without much fatigue and considerable danger, as they had to traverse a country frequently exposed to all the evils of war, more especially when they approached the Ghauts, those tremendous mountain-passes which descend from the table-land of Mysore, and through which the mighty streams that arise in the centre of the Indian peninsula, find their way to the ocean.”
“The country gone over today, though not all of the very best description, has plains in it of the very finest kind — even the sandy table-land bears an abundant crop of grass.”
“The first four miles was over the stony rises; the next three, sandy table-land, with spinifex, eucalyptus, and scrub.”
“At four miles we found that the first part of the rise was stony, but on the top it was sandy table-land, covered with thick scrub.”
“The four riders, having now reached a wider road, went abreast and soon reached a stretch of table-land, from which the eye took in on one side the rich valley of the Seine toward Rouen, and on the other an horizon bounded only by the sea.”
“And even such are those delightful glens, which cut the high table-land of the confines of Devon and Cornwall, and opening each through its gorge of down and rock, towards the boundless Western”
“After a few minutes, the party were again in motion, ambling steadily and cautiously along the high table-land, towards”
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