What does platform mean?

Definitions for platform
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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Platformnoun

    Etymology: plat, flat, Fr. and form.

    When the workmen began to lay the platform at Chalcedon, eagles conveyed their lines to the other side of the streight. George Sandys, Journey.

    No artful wildness to perplex the scene;
    Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother,
    And half the platform just reflects the other. Alexander Pope.

    Where was this?
    —— Upon the platform where we watch. William Shakespeare.

    Their minds and affections were universally bent even against all the orders and laws wherein this church is founded, conformable to the platform of Geneva. Richard Hooker.

    I have made a platform of a princely garden by precept, partly by drawing not a model, but some general lines of it. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    They who take in the entire platform, and see the chain, which runs through the whole, and can bear in mind the observations and proofs, will discern how these propositions flow from them. John Woodward.


  1. platform

    A platform refers to a technological framework or system that allows users to interact with and access various applications, services, or content. It provides a foundation for developers to create and deploy applications, and for users to perform specific tasks, communicate, or consume information. Platforms often offer standardized interfaces, tools, and infrastructure to support the development, hosting, and integration of software components and services.

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. Daniel McLaren:

    A boxer or a golfer or a tennis player has to use it as a commercial platform or a brand building platform, if you have the choice between a different number of athletes to sponsor, and one has a million Instagram followers while the other doesn't go on social media, then it's a no-brainer.

  2. Laksheish M Patel:

    The ways how SBICAP broker makes clients to loss money 1) Trading platform is clamp down during market fall 2) No command is accepted by trading platform when market swings and at closing session 3) Whole screen or transaction page of trading platform gets whitewashed especially during sudden surge or downfall 4) Accounting system is ambiguous and tricky 5) Automated reply to each complaints and not resolving. No real customer service

  3. Chief Executive Anders Runevad:

    This is a more market-oriented approach, there is a different logic now that we get into an auction market. The EnVentus platform, the first new Vestas platform since 2011, will offer customers more flexibility than The EnVentus platform existing 2 megawatt( MW) and 4 MW platforms, Vestas said. The company is also launching new V150-5.6 MW and V162-5.6 MW turbines to run on The EnVentus platform. New EnVentus-based turbines will be built from standardised modules that fit other turbines rather than from parts that only fit one platform. New EnVentus-based turbines will make manufacturing, servicing and upgrading New EnVentus-based turbines simpler, Vestas said. Vestas, whose main rivals are General Electric( GE.N) and Siemens Gamesa( SGREN.MC), last month became the first to install 100 gigawatts of capacity globally. The wind power industry has been grappling with reduced subsidies in recent years and governments seeking more competitive contract tenders, increasing pressure on suppliers, turbine makers and wind farm developers to reduce costs.

  4. Alisha Karabinus:

    What makes The Roblox platform fascinating is that The Roblox platform's relatively untapped as a target market for a lot of professionals, which is surprising because The Roblox platform's a cash-generating machine from top to bottom.

  5. Engineer.AI:

    A hosting platform was built first, which generated cash and we then used to cash to create the builder platform. ~ Engineer.ai CEO

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