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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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The preachers had high platforms to stand on at one end of the sheds.
The Golden Fortune, therefore, backed by towering woodlands, looked out to sea at one side, across to the breakwater headland on another, and on its land side commanded a complete view of the gay little haven, with its white houses built terrace on terrace upon its wooded slopes, connected by flights of zigzag steps, by which the apparently inaccessible shelves and platforms circulated their gay life down to the gay heart of the place,--the circular boulevard, exquisitely leafy and cool, where one found the great casino and the open-air theatre, the exquisite orchestra, into which only the mellowest brass and the subtlest strings were admitted, and the Cafe du Ciel, charmingly situated among the trees, where the boulevard became a bridge, for a moment, at the mouth of the river Sly.
The platforms of our playground, all shining smooth and worn
The crowd melted away, after the bustling fashion common to arrival platforms, and I was beginning to feel uneasy, lest I might miss my guest, when a sweet-faced, dainty looking girl stepped up to me, and after a quick glance said, "Dr.
These platforms were found throughout the train, and the passengers were able to pass from one end of the train to the other.
A little while after that a squad of police came into the station and began to clear the public off the platforms, and my brother went out into the street again.
As fast as they entered, they were placed in the grand saloon, on the platforms prepared for them.
Shallow speakers and shallow thinkers in pulpits and on platforms often talk about the world's worship of pleasure, and whine against it.
I had stared at the unfamiliar grouping of its letters, blue on white ground, on the advertisement-boards, whenever the train came to a standstill alongside one of the shabby, wooden, wharf-like platforms of the dock railway-line.
Behind these instruments were built slight platforms, upon which stood a number of young men who, beating violently with the palms of their hands upon the drum-heads, produced those outrageous sounds which had awakened me in the morning.
By the activity displayed in these works, already so far advanced, they might be considered as finished: they were not yet furnished with their cannons, but the platforms had their gites and their madriers all prepared; the earth, beaten carefully, was consolidated; and supposing the artillery to be on the island, in less than two or three days the port might be completely armed.
At one time they were upon high plains, like platforms among the mountains, with herds of buffaloes roaming about them; at another among rude rocky defiles, broken into cliffs and precipices, where the blacktailed deer bounded off among the crags, and the bighorn basked in the sunny brow of the precipice.