- 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 platforms
With top-notch designers, developers, and producers, they can even transform their own platforms.Why Isn't Silicon Valley Doing More to Fight Ebola?
October 8, 2014
But it regards these as platforms -- as the beginning, not the end of the process.Font of Invention
September 18, 2014
Kinja and Twitter are perfect examples of platforms and technologies that could have been built differently.Will the Internet Ever Be Safe for Women?
August 28, 2014
Set on a mountaintop, the complex is layered, with platforms, walls, and other areas where people line up to watch those entering.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
According to Russianoff, leakage is as much a problem on the platforms as it is are inside the cars.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway
August 8, 2014
The greetings of friends on the platforms at the different stations only made him sigh.Life in London
The other platforms were occasionally dropping them: I had been too hasty, too prodigal.
The concrete was shoveled from the platforms to place and rammed.
The tower had two platforms, one at the top carrying two 10-cu.
In 1876 the topic had been more prominent in the platforms, but not in the canvass.The New Nation
Frederic L. Paxson
- 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 platforms
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.