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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Other public figures use the platform as a place to rant, or to shill for the highest bidder; Hathaway, on the other hand, does not in fact post anything herself. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 And for now, while the chip will work with 5G, the spec is not native to the platform: Though the Qualcomm X50 modem will perform 5G millimeter wave and operate in the sub-6GHz spectrum bands, the X50 isn’t integrated into the Snapdragon 855. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 In 2018, the platforms looked less like a solution to the major problems in American politics and more like part of the problem. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 Spotify represents nearly one-fifth of all listens, and smaller platforms make up the remainder. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 His dream for a European election with a clear-cut, pan-European policy platform is petering out now that fuel-tax protests have crippled Mr. Macron at home. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Missing Vote," 27 Dec. 2018 Those friend connections form what has become known as Facebook’s social graph, the layer of personal relationships that gives the company a competitive advantage over virtually every other communications platform around. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook needs a ‘reset’ button for your friend list," 27 Dec. 2018 For now, the most effective means of neutralizing these hypersonic missiles is to destroy the platforms that carry them before launch. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s New Hypersonic Missile Travels Nearly Two Miles a Second," 26 Dec. 2018 Ultimately, the amount of hate speech emanating from Jones and InfoWars was the common thread for all of the platform ejections. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018

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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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