plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio) \
plural platforms

Definition of platform

1a : a flat horizontal surface that is usually higher than the adjoining area: such as
(1) : a raised flooring (such as a stage or dais) … a great stack of chairs piled up on and about the musicians' platform— Joseph Conrad From this official table on a raised platform … , Robert Thomas, the show's chairman, directs operations …— Liz Horwitt
(2) : an elevated area next to railroad tracks for the boarding of trains The platform was crowded with waiting passengers.
b : a device or structure incorporating or providing a platform a viewing platform specifically : such a structure on legs used for offshore drilling (as for oil)
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 the Republican/Democratic platform She's running (for office) on a platform of reform.
3 : a means or opportunity to communicate ideas or information to a group of people The event provides a platform for Latino artists, writers and creators in the comic book industry.— Sonia Ramirez … a new understanding among the young of how celebrity now works, and the power of a personal brand as a marketing platform.— Strawberry Saroyan
4 : the grounds or basis for further action The company used the innovation as a platform for future growth.
5a or platform sole plural platform soles : a usually thick layer (as of cork) between the inner sole and outer sole of a shoe
b or platform shoe plural platform shoes : a shoe having such a sole
6 computing
a : operating system also : the computer architecture and equipment using a particular operating system
b : an application or website that serves as a base from which a service is provided music streaming platforms … has built a cloud-computing platform for use by others.The Economist … billions of photos scraped from Facebook and other social media platforms.— C. J. Ciaramella
7a : a vehicle (such as a satellite or aircraft) used for a particular purpose or to carry a usually specified kind of equipment
b : a basic pattern (such as the chassis) upon which an automobile or class of automobiles is constructed Based on the platform of Fiat's upmarket Alfa Romeo Giulietta, though wider and longer for American roads, it's all in all a much sexier compact than anything Chrysler has ever designed.— Bill Saporito
8 obsolete : plan, design

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The photos are by Washington-area residents, but many portray Japan, where Aaron Webb and Alexis Rose found striking downward vantages on, respectively, an Osaka train station platform and a cat on a Nagasaki roof. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Additionally, Xilinx’s complete platform and software solutions go-to-market approach will bode well for AMD in the data center, and also in other areas where AMD doesn’t currently play, like automotive, aerospace and industrial automation. Dave Altavilla, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Built in 2017, the Amadea can accommodate 18 guests and 36 crew members, and includes a large swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a helicopter landing platform and a winter garden on the sun deck, according to Superyacht Fan, a website tracking luxury yachts. Annabelle Timsit And Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 The ad spots can be purchased via TikTok’s ad management platform and advertisers will receive post-campaign audience reporting, though executives did not share specifics on what analytics would be shared. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 Selena Gomez is using her platform and businesses to support mental health organizations—and make the conversation about mental health healthier all around as Mental Health Awareness Month kicks off this month. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 3 May 2022 Robinhood responded to Munger’s comments Monday and accused the 98-year old billionaire of mischaracterizing the platform and its users. Andrew Marquardt, Fortune, 2 May 2022 The satellite internet network, the global video sharing platform, and the ubiquity of data collected from space have given both the combatants and the rest of the world a unique view of modern war. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2022 The membership platform for creators and their most passionate fans recently announced Pull Up, an incubator and creative community to give creators of color access to capital and other resources to grow their businesses. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of platform

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for platform

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

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“Platform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio) \

Kids Definition of platform

1 : a level usually raised surface We hurried to the train 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
4 : an arrangement of computer components that uses a particular operating system

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