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 a stage for use by public speakers, performers, etc., in a hall or meeting place.
a place for public discussion; forum.
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 system of religious principles or doctrines.
a decklike construction on which the drill rig of an offshore oil or gas well is erected.
Also plat·form busi·ness mod·el . a business model that facilitates financial, social, collaborative, or other connections between large networks of producers and consumers, typically through digital technology infrastructure: Rather than providing a product or service to a consumer, as a producer would, the value contribution of a platform is the strength and scale of its network.
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.
Also plat·form shoe . a shoe with such an insert.
- plat·form·less, adjective
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How to use platform in a sentence
News clips, sound bites, and planning details were shared on those platforms.
Aside from a blanket ban, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit are nearly impossible to control.
Monitoring Chinese social-media platforms has paid off for the Chinese government.
Crowd labor platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk operate with few rules and little protection for workers.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild | Kevin Zawacki | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The sentiment shared across platforms at the meeting was anger at the press for sensationalizing the problem.
The station now covers nearly 12 acres, the length of platforms exceeding 1-1/2 miles.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Excursion grounds with dancing platforms were then popular within the city limits.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
I have worked with him in the Freethought movement and stood by his side on many political platforms.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh | George W. Foote
I read a lot of political platforms once in college—they were part of the course—and that was the best one I ever heard.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
There were very few passengers inside, because on warm days people preferred the outside or the platforms.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete | Guy de Maupassant
British Dictionary definitions for platform
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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for platform
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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Cultural definitions for platform (1 of 2)
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.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.