Platform definition

plătfôrm
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A formal declaration of the principles on which a group, such as a political party, makes its appeal to the public.
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A statement of principles and policies, esp. of a political party.
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A basic design, process, plan, etc., esp. one that functions as a basis for growth or innovation.
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A vestibule at the end of a railway car.
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A raised horizontal surface of wood, stone, or metal.
  • A raised stage or flooring beside railroad tracks or the like.
  • A raised flooring or stage for performers, speakers, etc.
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A shoe with a platform sole.
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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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(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.
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A means or opportunity for public discussion; forum.
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(automotive) A set of components shared by several vehicle models.
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(politics) A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.
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An oil platform.
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A standard hardware design for use with a compatible operating system, software, etc.
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Designating a thick sole of cork, leather, etc. for a shoe.
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A raised stage from which speeches are made and on which musical and other performances are made.
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A kind of high shoe with an extra layer between the inner and outer soles.
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(figuratively)
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A thick layer, as of leather or cork, between the inner and outer soles of a shoe, giving added height.
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A flat elevated portion of ground.
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The ancient, stable, interior layer of a continental craton composed of igneous or metamorphic rocks covered by a thin layer of sedimentary rock.
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A means of disseminating information, as through a media outlet, the Internet, etc.
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Such a compatible system, software, etc.
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(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.

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(travel) A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train, metro etc.
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(nautical) A light deck, usually placed in a section of the hold or over the floor of the magazine.
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A flat expanse of rock often as a result of wave erosion.
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To furnish with or shape into a platform.
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To place on a platform.
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(politics) To include in a political platform.
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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; a platform for your ideas.

Windows or OSX (mac) are examples of a computer platform.

An example of a platform is a policy against big government and for individual freedoms; a platform of a political party.

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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.
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A vessel, such as a submarine or an aircraft carrier, from which weapons can be deployed.
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A shoe having such a construction.
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A place, means, or opportunity for public expression of opinion.

A journal that served as a platform for radical views.

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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.

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A horizontal surface raised above the level of the adjacent area, as a stage for public speaking or a landing alongside railroad tracks.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
platform
Plural:
platforms

Origin of platform

  • French plate-forme diagram from Old French plat flat plate forme form (from Latin fōrma)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Recorded since 1550, from Middle French plate-forme, literally "flat form", from Middle French plate "flat" (from Old French plat, from Ancient Greek πλατύς (platus, “flat")) + forme "form" (from Latin forma). Compare flatscape.

    From Wiktionary