- a horizontal surface or structure with a horizontal surface raised above the level of the surrounding area.
- a raised flooring or other horizontal surface, such as, in a hall or meeting place, a stage for use by public speakers, performers, etc.
- the raised area between or alongside the tracks of a railroad station, from which the cars of the train are entered.
- the open entrance area, or the vestibule, at the end of a railroad passenger car.
- a landing in a flight of stairs.
- a public statement of the principles, objectives, and policy of a political party, especially as put forth by the representatives of the party in a convention to nominate candidates for an election: The platform contained the usual platitudes.
- a body of principles on which a person or group takes a stand in appealing to the public; program: The Fabians developed an all-embracing platform promising utopia.
- a set of principles; plan.
- a place for public discussion; forum.
- a decklike construction on which the drill rig of an offshore oil or gas well is erected.
- Building Trades. a relatively flat member or construction for distributing weight, as a wall plate, grillage, etc.
- solid ground on which artillery pieces are mounted.
- a metal stand or base attached to certain types of artillery pieces.
- Nautical. flat1(def 42a).
- a flat, elevated piece of ground.
- Geology. a vast area of undisturbed sedimentary rocks that, together with a shield, constitutes a craton.
- a thick insert of leather, cork, or other sturdy material between the uppers and the sole of a shoe, usually intended for stylish effect or to give added height.
- platforms, platform shoes.
- Digital Technology.
- a scheme of religious principles or doctrines.
Origin of platform
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Examples from the Web for platform
And it must make sure that the platform of debate where we can freely exchange ideas is safe and sound.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
Some men have used their declared allyship to build their own platform rather than that of the women they claim to support.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
Dynamo is a platform that gives Turkers a collective voice and, consequently, the chance to drive change.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
December 3, 2014
He used these markers as a platform to introduce new type of art market to post-war Japan.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
Because of this, no one on her campaign staff will let Alicia run on a platform of truth.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
The station-master was standing on the platform, superintending the removal of a trunk.Brave and Bold
Upon this as a platform of purpose and of action we can stand together.
When she met him on the platform she had a little shock at seeing him changed.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I want us all on a platform where we shall start in equal ignorance and get on together.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
And she seemed about to crush it on the top of the stone balustrade at the edge of the platform.The Trail Book
- a raised floor or other horizontal surface, such as a stage for speakers
- a raised area at a railway station, from which passengers have access to the trains
- See drilling platform, production platform
- the declared principles, aims, etc, of a political party, an organization, or an individual
- a level raised area of ground
- the thick raised sole of some high-heeled shoes
- (as modifier)platform shoes
- a vehicle or level place on which weapons are mounted and fired
- a specific type of computer hardware or computer operating system
Word Origin and History for platform
1540s, "plan of action, scheme, design," from Middle French plateforme, platte fourme, literally "flat form," from Old French plat "flat" (see plateau (n.)) + forme "form" (see form (n.)). The literal sense of "raised, level surface" in English is first recorded 1550s. Political meaning, "statement of party policies," is from 1803, probably originally an image of a literal platform on which politicians gather, stand, and make their appeals, perhaps influenced by earlier sense of "set of rules governing church doctrine" (first attested 1570s). Railroad station sense is from 1838.
- 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.
- 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.
A political party's or candidate's written statement of principles and plans. A platform is usually developed by a committee at the party convention during a presidential campaign.