Platform meaning

plăt'fôrm'
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 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 means or opportunity for public discussion; forum.
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A statement of principles and policies, esp. of a political party.
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(automotive) A set of components shared by several vehicle models.
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To place on a platform.
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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 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 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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A basic design, process, plan, etc., esp. one that functions as a basis for growth or innovation.
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A means of disseminating information, as through a media outlet, the Internet, etc.
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Designating a thick sole of cork, leather, etc. for a shoe.
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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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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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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 multiplatform, hardware platform and environment.An Operating System PlatformAn 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 has run on x86 machines for decades. However, it briefly ran on ARM CPUs with Windows RT, and starting in 2018, Windows once again was able to run on ARM (see Windows 10 on ARM).The macOS operating system means Intel x86 hardware, although in the past, it ran on PowerPC and Motorola 68000 CPUs. The Android platform means the Android OS on ARM CPUs, while Apple's mobile platform runs iOS on ARM (see ARM).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" typically implies multiple CPUs. See Unix.Platforms Provide InterfacesAn 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 defined as a platform if it provides programming interfaces (APIs), which are a set of rules and codes that applications are written to interact with. Social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter provide APIs and are thus called "social media platforms." See application framework and online platform.
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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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(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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(politics) A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.
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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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(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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A vestibule at the end of a railway car.
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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