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ˈplæt fɔrmplat·form

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. platformnoun

    a raised horizontal surface

    "the speaker mounted the platform"

  2. platform, political platform, political program, programnoun

    a document stating the aims and principles of a political party

    "their candidate simply ignored the party platform"; "they won the election even though they offered no positive program"

  3. platformnoun

    the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system

  4. platform, weapons platformnoun

    any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons

  5. chopine, platformnoun

    a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole


  1. platformnoun

    A raised stage from which speeches are made and on which musical and other performances are made.

  2. platformnoun

    a place or an opportunity to express one's opinion, a tribune

    this new talk show will give a platform to everyday men and women

  3. platformnoun

    A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.

  4. platformnoun

    A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train, metro etc.

  5. platformnoun

    A set of components shared by several vehicle models.

  6. platformnoun

    A particular type of operating system or environment such as a database or other specific software, and/or a particular type of computer or microprocessor, used to describe a particular environment for running other software, or for defining a specific software or hardware environment for discussion purposes.

    That program runs on the X Window System platform.

  7. platformnoun

    A kind of high shoe with an extra layer between the inner and outer soles

  8. platformverb

    To furnish with or shape into a platform

  9. platformverb

    To place on a platform.

  10. platformverb

    To form a plan of; to model; to lay out.

    Church discipline is platformed in the Bible. uE00028225uE001 Milton.

  11. platformverb

    To include in a political platform

  12. Etymology: Recorded since 1550, from plate-forme, literally "flat form", from plate "flat" (from plat, of uncertain origin) + forme "form" (from forma). Compare flatscape.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Platformnoun

    a plat; a plan; a sketch; a model; a pattern. Used also figuratively

  2. Platformnoun

    a place laid out after a model

  3. Platformnoun

    any flat or horizontal surface; especially, one that is raised above some particular level, as a framework of timber or boards horizontally joined so as to form a roof, or a raised floor, or portion of a floor; a landing; a dais; a stage, for speakers, performers, or workmen; a standing place

  4. Platformnoun

    a declaration of the principles upon which a person, a sect, or a party proposes to stand; a declared policy or system; as, the Saybrook platform; a political platform

  5. Platformnoun

    a light deck, usually placed in a section of the hold or over the floor of the magazine. See Orlop

  6. Platformverb

    to place on a platform

  7. Platformverb

    to form a plan of; to model; to lay out

  8. Etymology: [Plat, a. + -form: cf. F. plateforme.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Platform

    plat′form, n. a raised level surface: a part of a floor raised above the rest to form a standing-place for speakers, workmen, &c.: (mil.) an elevated floor for cannon: a statement of principles to which a body of men declare their adhesion, and on which they act: (Shak.) a scheme, plan.—v.t. (Milt.) to sketch, plan: (Mrs Browning) to support as on a platform.—ns. Plat′form-bridge (Amer.), a movable gangway between the platforms of two railway carriages; Plat′form-car, a railway car open all round and without a roof; Plat′form-crane, a crane used on a railway platform, or one mounted on a movable truck; Plat′form-scale, a weighing-machine with a flat surface for holding the thing to be weighed.—The platform, the function of public oratory. [Fr. plate-forme, 'flat form.']

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. platform

    A kind of deck for any temporary or particular purpose: the orlop-deck, having store-rooms and cabins forward and aft, and the middle part allotted to the stowage of cables. Also, the flooring elevation of stone or timber on which the carriage of a gun is placed for action. Hence, in early voyages, a fort or battery, with well-mounted ordnance, is called "the platform."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. platform

    Is a strong flooring upon which a piece of ordnance, mounted on its carriage, is manœuvred when in battery. Its object is to facilitate the service of heavy guns and mortars, and to insure accuracy of fire. Fixed platforms are used for casemate and barbette batteries in fortifications, and are constructed with the works; siege-platforms for guns and howitzers; and siege-platforms for mortars; the other kinds are the rail-platform, the ricochet-platform, and the platforms for sea-coast mortars. Platforms should possess strength and portability, and the pieces composing them should be constructed of the same dimensions, viz.: 9 feet long, 5 inches wide, and 31⁄2 inches thick. The weight of each piece in a platform is about 50 pounds; and in a siege-platform for guns and howitzers, there are 49 pieces, 1 being used as a hurter on the front part of the platform to prevent the carriage from running too far forward, and 12 for sleepers. The weight of this platform complete is 26011⁄2 pounds. This platform is laid with an elevation to the rear, of 11⁄2 inches to the yard, or 41⁄2 inches in the whole length. This elevation is given to diminish the recoil of the piece and to permit the water to run off. The length of this platform is 15 feet by 9 feet. The platform for a siege-mortar is composed of only 6 sleepers and 21 deck-planks. It is laid level, and the front and rear deck-planks are connected by eye-bolts to every sleeper. This platform is about 9 feet deep by 9 feet wide, and weighs 1220 pounds. The rail-platform for siege-mortars consists of 3 sleepers and 2 rails for the cheeks of the mortar-bed to slide on, instead of the deck-plank, and is very strong, and easily constructed and laid. For method of laying platforms for siege-gun or howitzer, and for mortars, see “Hand-book of Artillery,” by Roberts, pages 143-47.

Editors Contribution

  1. platform

    A type of specific structure for a specific purpose.

    Platforms are used at railway stations and also a technological term to describe an online system.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'platform' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3798

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'platform' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3587

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'platform' in Nouns Frequency: #1290

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of platform in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of platform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of platform in a Sentence

  1. Yu Gong:

    We believe Skymoons is a natural extension to our business and will strengthen iQiyi's media platform and our overall ecosystem.

  2. Facebook Inc:

    We have a long way to go to build out a full-featured commerce platform...but I am very committed to getting there.

  3. Jack Dorsey:

    Elon's goal of creating a platform that is' maximally trusted and broadly inclusive' is the right one, this is the right path... I believe it with all my heart.

  4. Roderick Peacock:

    Eurasia ... joining with Schlumberger ... establishes an exceptionally strong platform for delivering drilling services to Russia's oil and gas industry as future market conditions stabilise.

  5. Read MoreBBC producer Sam Clack:

    The police were on the platform very quickly.

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    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    • A. abase
    • B. rumpus
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