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' 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.
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

Example Sentences

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 e-retailer has ramped up its efforts to champion small businesses on the platform by highlighting those sellers to customers. Jacorey Moon, Good Housekeeping, 26 Nov. 2022 The mass return of users who had been banned for such offenses as violent threats, harassment and misinformation will have a significant impact on the platform, experts said. Taylor Lorenz, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Nov. 2022 His tweet Friday comes on the heels of him pausing the $8 per month Twitter Blue service, after a surge in users impersonating celebrities and brands on the platform. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Those companies spent more than $255 million on the platform since 2020 and nearly $118 million since January 1. Li Cohen, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2022 Streaming accounts for 63 percent of the show’s all-platform rating among adults 18-49, or 1.61 ratings points. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2022 Other fans said they were kicked out of line altogether due to platform failures. Krista Brown, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2022 These technologies, still nascent, are powered by cutting-edge software-platform systems—mostly rendered in 3-D—including Blender, Unreal Engine and Photoshop. Shivani Vora, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2022 The most famous of the photographs is attributed to David Bachrach, who was positioned in front of the speaker’s platform. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 8 Dec. 2022.

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

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