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Meaning of platform by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Recorded since 1550, from Middle French plate-forme, literally "flat form", from Middle French plate "flat" ( from Old French plat, of uncertain origin ) + forme "form" ( from Latin forma ). Compare flatscape .


    platform ( plural: platforms )

    1. A raised stage from which speeches are made and on which musical and other performances are made .
    2. 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
    3. ( figuratively ) This word needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    4. ( politics ) A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks .
    5. A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train, metro etc .
    6. ( automotive ) A set of components shared by several vehicle models .
    7. ( 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 .
    8. A kind of high shoe with an extra layer between the inner and outer soles



    platform ( third-person singular simple present platforms present participle platforming, simple past and past participle platformed )

    1. ( transitive ) To furnish with or shape into a platform
    2. ( transitive ) To place on a platform .
    3. ( obsolete, transitive ) To form a plan of; to model; to lay out .
      Church discipline is platformed in the Bible. — Milton .
    4. ( politics ) ( transitive ) To include in a political platform

    See also

    • Platform on Wikipedia .
    • wikisource-logo.svg Platform in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica .

Explanation of platform by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole

    2. a raised horizontal surface

    3. the speaker mounted the platform
    4. any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons

    5. the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system

    6. a document stating the aims and principles of a political party

    7. their candidate simply ignored the party platform

    Definition of platform by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Halfpace ( -pās ), n. ( Arch. ) A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight. See Quarterpace.

      ☞ This term and quarterpace are rare or unknown in the United States, platform or landing being used instead.

    2. Platform n. [Plat, a. + -form: cf. F. plateforme.]
      1. A plat; a plan; a sketch; a model; a pattern. Used also figuratively. [Obs.] Bacon.

      2. A place laid out after a model. [Obs.]

      lf the platform just reflects the order. Pope.

      3. Any flat or horizontal surface; especially, one that is raised above some particular level, as a framework of timber or boards horizontally joined so as to form a roof, or a raised floor, or portion of a floor; a landing; a dais; a stage, for speakers, performers, or workmen; a standing place.

      4. A declaration of the principles upon which a person, a sect, or a party proposes to stand; a declared policy or system; as, “the Saybrook platform; a political platform.” “The platform of Geneva.” Hooker.

      5. ( Naut. ) A light deck, usually placed in a section of the hold or over the floor of the magazine. See Orlop.

      Platform car, a railway car without permanent raised sides or covering; a fat. -- Platform scale, a weighing machine, with a flat platform on which objects are weighed.

    3. Platform, v. t.
      1. To place on a platform. [R.]

      2. To form a plan of; to model; to lay out. [Obs.]

      Church discipline is platformed in the Bible. Milton.