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plat·form

 (plăt′fôrm′)
n.
1.
a. A horizontal surface raised above the level of the adjacent area, as a stage for public speaking or a landing alongside railroad tracks.
b. A vessel, such as a submarine or an aircraft carrier, from which weapons can be deployed.
c. An oil platform.
2. A place, means, or opportunity for public expression of opinion: a journal that served as a platform for radical views.
3. A vestibule at the end of a railway car.
4. A formal declaration of the principles on which a group, such as a political party, makes its appeal to the public.
5.
a. A thick layer, as of leather or cork, between the inner and outer soles of a shoe, giving added height.
b. A shoe having such a construction.
6. Computers The basic technology of a computer system's hardware and software that defines how a computer is operated and determines what other kinds of software can be used.
7. Geology
a. A flat elevated portion of ground.
b. The ancient, stable, interior layer of a continental craton composed of igneous or metamorphic rocks covered by a thin layer of sedimentary rock.

[French plate-forme, diagram, from Old French : plat, flat; see plate + forme, form (from Latin fōrma).]

platform

(ˈplætfɔːm)
n
1. (Architecture) a raised floor or other horizontal surface, such as a stage for speakers
2. (Railways) a raised area at a railway station, from which passengers have access to the trains
3. (Mining & Quarrying) See drilling platform, production platform
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the declared principles, aims, etc, of a political party, an organization, or an individual
5. (Physical Geography) a level raised area of ground
6. (Clothing & Fashion)
a. the thick raised sole of some high-heeled shoes
b. (as modifier): platform shoes.
7. (Military) a vehicle or level place on which weapons are mounted and fired
8. (Computer Science) a specific type of computer hardware or computer operating system
[C16: from French plateforme, from plat flat + forme form, layout]

plat•form

(ˈplæt fɔrm)

n.
1. a horizontal surface, or a structure with a horizontal surface, usu. raised above the level of the surrounding area.
2. a raised flooring or other horizontal surface for use as a stage.
3. the raised area between or alongside the tracks of a railroad station, from which the cars of the train are entered.
4. the open entrance area, or vestibule, at the end of a railroad passenger car.
5. a public statement of the principles on which a person or group, esp. a political party, takes a stand in appealing to the public.
6. a set of principles; plan.
7. a place for public discussion; forum.
8. a decklike construction on which the drill rig of an offshore oil or gas well is erected.
9. a flat, elevated piece of ground.
10.
a. a thick insert of leather, cork, or other sturdy material between the uppers and the sole of a shoe.
b. a shoe with this feature.
11. any standard that forms a basic environment under which compatible computer systems and application programs can be developed and run, as a specific computer processor or network connection (hardware platform) or an operating system, database, etc. (software platform).
[1540–50; earlier platte forme < Middle French: literally, flat form, plane figure. See plate, form]

plat·form

(plăt′fôrm′)
The basic technology of a computer system's hardware and software, defining how a computer is operated and determining what other kinds of software can be used. Additional software or hardware must be compatible with the platform.

platform

  • lectern, podium, dais, rostrum - A lectern is the stand on which the speaker's notes are placed, the podium is the platform on which the speaker and lectern stand, a dais is a platform for several people, and a rostrum is a platform for one or more.
  • pulpit - From classical Latin pulpitum, "platform, stage."
  • hustings - Its early meaning of "platform" led to its sense of "any place from which campaign speeches are made" and "political campaigning."
  • rostrum - Latin for "beak," it first referred to part of the Rome Forum decorated with bird beaks and used as a platform for speakers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.platform - a raised horizontal surfaceplatform - a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform"
auction block, block - a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block"
bandstand, outdoor stage, stand - a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
catwalk - narrow platform extending out into an auditorium; "models displayed clothes on a catwalk at the fashion show"
crow's nest - platform for a lookout at or near the top of a mast
ambo, dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox, stump - a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
deck - any of various platforms built into a vessel
loading dock, dock - a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
fly floor, fly gallery - a narrow raised platform at the side of a stage in a theater; stagehands can work the ropes controlling equipment in the flies
footboard - a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feet
footplate - the platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls
foretop - a platform at the head of a foremast
horizontal surface, level - a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line; "park the car on the level"
landing - an intermediate platform in a staircase
landing stage - platform from which passengers and cargo can be (un)loaded
launch area, launch pad, launching pad, launchpad, pad - a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
monkey bridge - a high narrow platform above a deck or in an engine room or boiler room
pallet - a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it
pier, wharf, wharfage, dock - a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
ring - a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
runway - a narrow platform extending from the stage into the audience in a theater or nightclub etc.
scaffold - a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)
stage - a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"
microscope stage, stage - a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination
stairhead - platform at the top of a staircase
top - platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
turntable - a circular horizontal platform that rotates a phonograph record while it is being played
turntable - a rotatable platform with a track; used to turn locomotives and cars
2.platform - a document stating the aims and principles of a political partyplatform - 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"
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
plank - an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
3.platform - the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system
ADP system, ADPS, automatic data processing system, computer system, computing system - a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
operating system, OS - (computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services
4.platform - any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons
gun enclosure, gun turret, turret - a self-contained weapons platform housing guns and capable of rotation
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
5.platform - a woman's shoe with a very high thick soleplatform - a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material

platform

noun
1. stage, stand, podium, rostrum, dais, soapbox Nick finished his speech and jumped down from the platform.
2. policy, programme, principle, objective(s), manifesto, tenet(s), party line The party has announced a platform of economic reforms. They won a landslide victory on a nationalist platform.

platform

noun
A temporary framework with a floor, used by workmen:
Translations
رَصيفمِنَصَّةمِنَصَّه
nástupištěperónpódium
perronplatformscenetribune
asemalaituri
platformapodij
emelvénypártprogramperonpódiumpolitikai program
brautarpallurræîu-/sviîspallur, sviî
演壇
플랫폼
pakyla
platforma
nástupištepódium
peronploščadpodijoder
plattform
เวทีที่ยกพื้น
bệ

platform

[ˈplætfɔːm]
A. N
1. (gen) (= structure) → plataforma f; (roughly-built) → tarima f, tablado m; [of oil rig] → plataforma f base; [of bus] → plataforma f; (for band etc) → estrado m; (at meeting) → plataforma f, tribuna f
last year they shared a platformel año pasado ocuparon la misma tribuna
2. (Rail) → andén m, vía f
the 5.15 is at or on platform eightel tren de las 5.15 está en la vía número ocho
3. (fig) (to express one's views) → plataforma f
4. (Pol) → programa m
5. platforms = platform shoes
B. CPD platform shoes NPLzapatos mpl de plataforma
the platform speakers NPLlos oradores de la tribuna
platform ticket N (Brit) (Rail) → billete m or (LAm) boleto m de andén

platform

[ˈplætfɔːrm] n
(= stage) (for performance)estrade f; (at meeting)tribune f
(= flat surface) → plateforme f, plate-forme f
landing platform → plateforme d'atterrissage
(on oil rig)plateforme f, plate-forme f
quai m
the train leaves from platform 7 → le train part du quai numéro 7
on platform 7 → sur le quai numéro sept
(British) [bus] → plateforme f, plate-forme f
[political party] → plateforme f, plate-forme f
He campaigned on a socialist platform → Il a fait campagne sur une plate-forme socialiste.platform shoes nplchaussures fpl à semelles compenséesplatform soles nplsemelles fpl compenséesplatform ticket n (British)ticket m de quai

platform

n
Plattform f; (= stage)Podium nt, → Bühne f
(Rail) → Bahnsteig m
(Pol) → Plattform f

platform

:
platform crane
n (Tech) → Laufkran m
platform party
nPodiumsgäste pl
platform shoe
nPlateauschuh m
platform sole
nPlateausohle f
platform ticket
nBahnsteigkarte f

platform

[ˈplætˌfɔːm] n (Brit) (on bus) → piattaforma; (at meeting, for band, stage) → palco (Pol) (manifesto) → piattaforma, programma m (di base) (Rail) → marciapiede m, banchina
the train leaves from platform 7 → il treno parte dal binario 7

platform

(ˈplӕtfoːm) noun
1. a raised part of a floor eg in a hall, for speakers, entertainers etc. The orchestra arranged themselves on the platform.
2. the raised area between or beside the lines in a railway station. They waited on the platform for their train to arrive; The London train will leave from platform 6.

platform

مِنَصَّة pódium platform Plattform πλατφόρμα plataforma asemalaituri plate-forme platforma piattaforma 演壇 플랫폼 platform plattform platforma plataforma платформа plattform เวทีที่ยกพื้น platform bệ 平台
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and led her to the recitation platform, and made her stand there half and hour, holding the slate so everyone could see.
The car- penter, who had been a soldier in the Civil War, came into the writer's room and sat down to talk of building a platform for the purpose of raising the bed.
In the red glow from the fire-box, a group of people stood huddled together on the platform, encumbered by bundles and boxes.
During the existence of this scene, a man suddenly appeared at the furthest extremity of a platform of rock which formed the level of the village.
She knelt down upon the platform where they were standing and lifted her clasped hands to the sky.
It was, in short, the platform of the pillory; and above it rose the framework of that instrument of discipline, so fashioned as to confine the human head in its tight grasp, and thus hold it up to the public gaze.
So I saw him as I see the letters I form on this page; then, exactly, after a minute, as if to add to the spectacle, he slowly changed his place--passed, looking at me hard all the while, to the opposite corner of the platform.
Not very far distant Flask's boat was also lying breathlessly still; its commander recklessly standing upon the top of the loggerhead, a stout sort of post rooted in the keel, and rising some two feet above the level of the stern platform.
As soon as Joe had taken the things out of the carriage John called him to stand by the horses, while he went on the platform.
In the corner to the left are the three musicians, upon a little platform, toiling heroically to make some impression upon the hubbub; also the babies, similarly occupied, and an open window whence the populace imbibes the sights and sounds and odors.
Phineas easily leaped the chasm, and sat down the boy on a smooth, flat platform of crisp white moss, that covered the top of the rock.
His stand was a pillar sixty feet high, with a broad platform on the top of it.