Women walking on a train platform.
- 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 platform shoe
- a standard hardware design for use with a compatible operating system, software, etc.
- such a compatible system, software, etc.
- a basic design, process, plan, etc., esp. one that functions as a basis for growth or innovation
- a means or opportunity for public discussion; forum
- a means of disseminating information, as through a media outlet, the Internet, etc.
Origin of platformFrench plate-forme, literally , flat form: see plate and form
- 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.
- Computers 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 of platformFrench plate-forme diagram from Old French plat flat ; see plate . forme form ( from Latin fōrma )
- A raised stage from which speeches are made and on which musical and other performances are made.
- A place or an opportunity to express one's opinion, a tribune.
- This new talk show will give a platform to everyday men and women.
- A kind of high shoe with an extra layer between the inner and outer soles.
- (automotive) A set of components shared by several vehicle models.
- (computing) A particular type of operating system or environment such as a database or other specific software, and/or a particular type of computer or microprocessor, used to describe a particular environment for running other software, or for defining a specific software or hardware environment for discussion purposes.
- That program runs on the X Window System platform.
- (politics) A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.
- (travel) A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train, metro etc.
- (nautical) A light deck, usually placed in a section of the hold or over the floor of the magazine.
- A flat expanse of rock often as a result of wave erosion.
(third-person singular simple present platforms, present participle platforming, simple past and past participle platformed)
- To furnish with or shape into a platform
- To place on a platform.
- (politics) To include in a political platform
platform - Computer Definition
A hardware and/or software architecture that serves as a foundation or base. The term originally dealt with hardware and often still refers to only a CPU model or computer family. For example, the x86 PC is the world's largest desktop computer platform. The terms "platform" and "environment" are used interchangeably. See hardware platform and environment. An Operating System Platform An operating system often implies the CPU hardware. For example, when an application "runs 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 exclusively on x86 machines, although it used to run on other hardware, and in 2017 will run on Qualcomm's ARM chips (see Windows 10 ARM). The Mac operating system (macOS) means Intel x86 hardware, although in the past, it ran on PowerPC and Motorola 68000 CPUs. The Android platform means Android OS and ARM CPUs, while Apple's mobile platform runs the iOS operating system on ARM (see ARM chips). With Unix, hardware is not implied. Unix applications run on almost every CPU family and are compiled into the machine language of that hardware. The phrase "the xyz app runs on Unix" implies multiple CPUs. See Unix. Platforms Provide Interfaces An application can also be a platform if it is a base for other programs. For example, Web browsers accept third-party plug-ins, and the browser application becomes a platform to interface with. Any software can be said to be a platform that provides a set of rules and codes that applications are written to interact with. See application framework and online platform.