Definition of platform
2 : a declaration of the principles on which a group of persons stands; especially : a declaration of principles and policies adopted by a political party or a candidate
3a (1) : a usually raised horizontal flat surface; especially : a raised flooring (2) : a device or structure incorporating or providing a platform; especially : such a structure on legs used for offshore drilling (as for oil)b : a place or opportunity for public discussion
4a : a usually thick layer (as of cork) between the inner sole and outer sole of a shoeb : a shoe having such a sole
5a : a vehicle (such as a satellite or aircraft) used for a particular purpose or to carry a usually specified kind of equipmentb : operating system; also : the computer architecture and equipment using a particular operating system
Examples of platform in a Sentence
He stepped up onto the platform and looked out into the audience.
She stepped off the train onto the platform.
Our train is boarding on platform 6.
The party adopted a new platform.
The company plans to use the show as a platform to launch the new soft drink.
Recent Examples of platform from the Web
Its platform was built pro bono by Facebook engineers.
Jews revere the 37-acre (15-hectare) raised platform as the site of their biblical temples.
A few common crowd funding platforms include Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe.
Shoes of the 2000s, resplendent with glitter clips and even — god forbid — platforms, are long gone.
WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms.
The race will test the viability of a progressive platform in a diverse and heavily Democratic state that has a soft spot for centrist Democrats.
The two most prominent opponents are Frank Habineza, leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, launched in 2009, which advocates for a democratic Rwanda, and Diane Rwigara, an independent also running on a platform of democratic reforms.
The new platform will integrate live comments utilizing Twitter polls and questions from the Twitter audience using the hashtag #ESSENCENow – enabling fans to connect and participate from anywhere in the world.
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Origin and Etymology of platform
Middle French plate-forme diagram, map, literally, flat form
First Known Use: 1535See Words from the same year
PLATFORM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of platform for English Language Learners
: a flat surface that is raised higher than the floor or ground and that people stand on when performing or speaking
: a flat area next to railroad tracks where people wait for a train or subway
: a usually raised structure that has a flat surface where people or machines do work
PLATFORM Defined for Kids
Definition of platform for Students
1 : a level usually raised surface We hurried to the train platform. Visitors can observe wildlife from a platform.
2 : a raised floor or stage for performers or speakers
3 : a statement of the beliefs and rules of conduct for which a group stands The candidates discussed their party's platform.
4 : an arrangement of computer components that uses a particular operating system
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