Definition of platform in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplatfôrm/


1A raised level surface on which people or things can stand: there are viewing platforms where visitors may gape at the chasm
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  • A clumsy addition will detract from its appearance, but a modern glass extension at ground level or a viewing platform at the top could provide an exciting contrast to the stone facade and give you plenty of light.
  • The climax of the journey is the viewing platform on the top level.
  • You stand on the viewing platform and squint, trying to work out who the guy with the moustache and glasses is.
1.1A raised floor or stage used by public speakers or performers so that they can be seen by their audience: earning her living on the concert platform
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  • Neither Boulange, nor any of the speakers from the platform or the floor made this statement.
  • Carreras resumed his career, gradually returning to the opera stage and the concert platform as well as to the recording studio.
  • Badly scripted, obvious rhetoric is spewed from a platform of speakers.
stage, dais, rostrum, podium, soapbox
1.2A raised structure along the side of a railroad track where passengers get on and off trains at a station.
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  • The camera fast tracks along a London train station platform as the passengers disembark and rush toward us.
  • A family of drunken louts have been sent to jail for train hooliganism and fighting police on the platform of York Railway Station.
  • They land on the platform of the railway station.
1.3A raised structure standing in the sea from which oil or gas wells can be drilled or regulated.
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  • The US government said on Wednesday that it could take up to 90 days to restore production at offshore drilling platforms that were destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.
  • They yesterday evacuated 485 non-essential staff from their 14 offshore platforms and two drilling rigs.
  • The birds may be fatally attracted to lighthouses, offshore drilling platforms, and the high-intensity lamps used by fishermen to lure squid to the surface.
1.4 [usually with modifier] A raised structure or orbiting satellite from which rockets or missiles may be launched.
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  • This was used as the air launch platform for the first six commercially developed Pegasus rocket boosters.
  • He could see dozens of low buildings and the big black launch platform where Rocket One would be sitting in only three months time.
  • It is qualified as a launch platform for the laser-guided anti-armour missile.
1.5A standard for the hardware of a computer system, determining what kinds of software it can run.
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  • The days of multiple hardware platforms and operating systems working with multiple databases and software configurations within one enterprise are coming to a close.
  • We plan to support more hardware platforms and operating systems.
  • One aspect of using hardware platforms for enabling software is that it inevitably requires porting of existing software solutions onto the platform.
2 [usually in singular] The declared policy of a political party or group: seeking election on a platform of low taxes
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  • I also say a big thank you to the people in the Labour Party who accepted this measure as a policy platform at the last election.
  • The 1964 platform of the Republican Party did allow tax credits for those burdened by the costs of higher education.
  • The Party platform and election policy are the items of faith upon which trade unions and their members commit to work for the election of Labor Governments.
policy, program, party line, manifesto, plan, principles, objectives, aims
2.1An opportunity to voice one’s views or initiate action: the forum will provide a platform for discussion of communication issues
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  • Under Russia's media laws it is prohibited to give terrorists a platform to voice their views.
  • They also provide an employee with an opportunity to clear the air, express opinions about how their own expectations have or have not been met, and provide a platform for them to voice any grievances.
  • This new programme will deal with topical issues and news stories of the day and provide a platform for listeners' views.
3A shoe with very thick soles: a pair of chunky platforms [as modifier]: yellow platform shoes
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  • These leather sandals aren't platforms, but they look so glamorous that I couldn't resist mentioning them.
  • And of course, it is only in the world of Miuccia that it's ok to wear stockings with sandal platforms and still look so elegant.
  • ‘My name is Tzachi,’ he said with an accent as thick as his platforms.


Mid 16th century: from French plateforme 'ground plan', literally 'flat shape'.

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Syllabification: plat·form

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