- The definition of a platform is a raised stage, or a forum in which an idea can be shared, or a standard for computer hardware that determines what types of software it can run, or is a series of beliefs of a political group.
- An example of a platform is a raised surface next to a train track that you stand on while you wait for the train.
- An example of a platform is a graduation where you are asked to give the speech; aplatform for your ideas.
- Windows or OSX (mac) are examples of a computer platform.
- An example of aplatform is a policy against big government and for individual freedoms; a platform of a political party.
- a raised horizontal surface of wood, stone, or metal; specif.,
- a raised stage or flooring beside railroad tracks or the like
- a raised flooring or stage for performers, speakers, etc.
- ☆ a statement of principles and policies, esp. of a political party
- a shoe with a platform sole: in full
- a type of computer or other electronic hardware device having a standard design for use with a compatible operating system, software, etc.
- such an operating system, software, etc. having a standard design for use with compatible programs, applications, etc.
Origin: Fr plate-forme, literally , flat form: see plate and amp; form
- designating a thick sole of cork, leather, etc. for a shoe
- designating a shoe with such a sole
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- a. A horizontal surface raised above the level of the adjacent area, as a stage for public speaking or a landing alongside railroad tracks.b. A vessel, such as a submarine or an aircraft carrier, from which weapons can be deployed.c. An oil platform.
- A place, means, or opportunity for public expression of opinion: a journal that served as a platform for radical views.
- A vestibule at the end of a railway car.
- A formal declaration of the principles on which a group, such as a political party, makes its appeal to the public.
- a. A thick layer, as of leather or cork, between the inner and outer soles of a shoe, giving added height.b. A shoe having such a construction.
- Computer Science The basic technology of a computer system's hardware and software that defines how a computer is operated and determines what other kinds of software can be used.
- Geology a. A flat elevated portion of ground.b. The ancient, stable, interior layer of a continental craton composed of igneous or metamorphic rocks covered by a thin layer of sedimentary rock.
Origin: French plate-forme, diagram, from Old French : plat, flat; see plate + forme, form (from Latin fōrma).
platform - Computer Definition
A hardware and/or software architecture that serves as a foundation or base. The term originally dealt with only hardware, and it may still refer to only a CPU model or computer family. For example, the x86 PC is the world's largest hardware platform. IBM's Power Systems and Sun's SPARC are also hardware platforms (see hardware platform for a larger list). The terms "platform" and "environment" are used interchangeably. See environment. An Operating System Platform The term often refers to an operating system, and the hardware is generally implied. For example, when an application is said to "run on the Windows platform," it means that the program has been compiled into the x86 machine language and runs under Windows. It implies x86 because Windows runs mostly on x86 PCs. The Xbox "gaming platform" refers to the Xbox proprietary operating system, but different hardware depending on model (Xbox or Xbox 360). The Android platform uses Android OS and ARM CPUs, while Apple's mobile platform runs iOS on ARM (see ARM chips). With Unix, the hardware may not be implied. The phrase "the program runs on the Unix platform" does not indicate which CPU that particular program was compiled for. Unix programs run on almost every CPU family and have to be compiled into the machine language of that hardware. See Unix. An Application Platform An application can also be a platform if it is a base for other programs. For example, Web browsers accept third-party plug-ins, which are software components that add functionality. The browser becomes a platform to contain those components. See application framework.
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platform - Cultural Definition
The combination of computer hardware and operating system that applications must be compatible with.
A political party's or candidate's written statement of principles and plans. A platform is usually developed by a committee at the party convention during a presidential campaign.
platform - Science Definition
- The basic technology of a computer system's hardware and software, defining how a computer is operated and determining what other kinds of software can be used. Additional software or hardware must be compatible with the platform.
- The part of a continent's craton (the ancient, relatively undisturbed portion of a continental plate) that is covered by flat or nearly flat strata of sediment.
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