- 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 amp; 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 f&omacron;rma).
- 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 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 Oracle'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 An operating system often implies the CPU hardware. 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 Mac operating system today (Mac OS X) means Intel x86 hardware. In the past, Mac operating systems ran on PowerPC and Motorola 68000 CPUs. The Xbox "gaming platform" refers to the Xbox proprietary operating system, but different hardware depending on model (Xbox, Xbox 360 or Xbox ONE). The Android platform uses Android OS and ARM CPUs, while Apple's mobile platform runs iOS on ARM (see ARM chips). With Unix, hardware is not implied. The phrase "the program runs on the Unix platform" does not indicate which CPU the program runs in. 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 and online platform.