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 forms

plat·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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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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