platform

[ plat-fawrm ]
/ ˈplæt fɔrm /

noun

Origin of platform

1540–50; earlier platte forme < Middle French: literally, flat form, plane figure. See plate1, form
Related formsplat·form·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for platform

platform

/ (ˈplætfɔːm) /

noun

Word Origin for platform

C16: from French plateforme, from plat flat + forme form, layout
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Word Origin and History for platform

platform


n.

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.

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Science definitions for platform

platform

[ plătfôrm′ ]

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.
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Culture definitions for platform (1 of 2)

platform


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.

Culture definitions for platform (2 of 2)

platform


The combination of computer hardware and operating system that applications must be compatible with.

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