platform

noun

plat·​form ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio)
plural platforms
1
a
: 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' platformJoseph 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.
5
a
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
7
a
: 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

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 Biden last month signed into law a bill that began a countdown for video-sharing platform TikTok to divest from its Chinese parent ByteDance Ltd., or quit the American market. Josh Wingrove, Fortune Asia, 10 May 2024 There are also discounts on crossbody bags and summer footwear, like these Steve Madden platform sandals with ankle straps and a braided detail around the sole. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for platform 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of platform was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Platform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/platform. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

platform

noun
plat·​form ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio)
1
: a declaration of the beliefs and goals of a political party or candidate
2
a
: a level usually raised surface
a railroad station platform
b
: a raised floor or stage for performers or speakers
3
: a thick sole for a shoe or a shoe with such a sole
4
b
: an application or website that serves as the base from which a service is provided
social media platforms

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