platform

noun, often attributive
plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm \

Definition of platform

1 : plan, design
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 shoe
b : 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 equipment
b : operating system also : the computer architecture and equipment using a particular operating system

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Synonyms for platform

Synonyms

dais, podium, rostrum, stage, stand, tribune

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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.
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The platform allows unarmed ASW torpedoes to impact the vessel without any explosion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time the U.S. Navy Sank a Fake, Yellow, North Korean Submarine," 6 Feb. 2019 On a night when they won't be granted the same speaking platform as President Trump, the Congresswomen's statement-making fashion choice is a significant one. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "House Democratic Women Wear Suffragette White to State of the Union," 6 Feb. 2019 But a Facebook moderation blunder and Republicans’ desire to cast the platform as an anti-conservative space has pushed them more into the limelight. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Diamond and Silk, Fox & Friends’ favorite black Trump supporters, explained," 5 Feb. 2019 Microsoft published an Xbox app for iOS in 2013, and another for the Android platform. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft reportedly wants to use Xbox Live to support cross-platform games like Fortnite," 4 Feb. 2019 According to PopSugar, The CW has an agreement with Netflix where shows head to the streaming platform just eight days after the season finale airs. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s When "Riverdale" Season 3 Will Most Likely Be Available on Netflix," 23 Jan. 2019 The global fashion search platform Lyst reports that, on average, whenever Markle wears something, the brand will see a 200 percent increase in search demand over the following week. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The ‘Markle Sparkle’ Is a Real Thing—and the Women Who Shop Because of Meghan Markle Really Feel It," 17 Jan. 2019 The platforms might be choosing to sit RAD out in favor of prioritizing their own metrics. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 For marketers great and small, the algorithms that power social media represent the ever-rising cost of doing business on the platforms owned by the duopoly of Google and Facebook. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Hot New Channel for Reaching Real People: Email," 19 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of platform

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for platform

Middle French plate-forme diagram, map, literally, flat form

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platform

noun

English Language Learners Definition of platform

: 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

noun
plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm \

Kids Definition of platform

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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