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
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, announced a broadcast partnership with leading Canadian professional wrestling promotion Smash Wrestling.
On a snow-white runway, oversize bubble jackets in gray and gold paraded alongside fitted jackets with snow motifs and furry white platforms.
Bass Hall is a treasure, but only every four years does its stage become the most important platform in the world for classical music.
Both these agenda items run counter to Sinn Fein’s platform.
So part of the Hornets’ presentation was on a video-game platform.
The presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down.
Many researchers also see them as an ideal platform for radars that would probe the winds and clouds below.
Platform tents are available to rent at a cost of $15.
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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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