platform plat‧form [ˈplætfɔːm ǁ -fɔːrm] noun [countable]
1. the raised place beside a railway track where you get on and off the train
2. a system used to broadcast television or radio programmes
3. a tall structure built so that people can work around the surrounding area
ˈoil ˌplatform also proˈduction ˌplatform
a platform for producing oil; = OIL RIG:

• Explosions on a Shell production platform further limited North Sea oil output.

4. also computer platform COMPUTING a particular type of computer system or software:

• Pick a secure operating system and computer platform.

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platform UK US /ˈplætfɔːm/ noun [C]
IT a particular computer technology that can be used with some types of software programs but not with others: »

Companies are creating standard platforms to collect and process massive amounts of data.

a computer/technology/software platform »

CIM systems are the technology platform of this organization.

COMMUNICATIONS a method of communication or entertainment, for example television, radio, or the internet: »

We are currently selling advertisements across several different platforms - web, internet phones, and multiple sections of the newspaper.

COMMUNICATIONS a particular technology that is used for broadcasting television or radio programmes: »

The club has now set up its own television channel, aiming to launch a paid-for service on an existing broadcast platform before the year's end.

a set of actions or ideas that forms the basis for future development: a platform for sth »

Every euro spent on marketing and market development will provide a platform for long-term growth and profits.

a strong/solid/sound platform »

The board believes that the group has a strong platform on which to grow.

POLITICS a set of ideas and plans that a politician or party promises to act on if elected: on a platform »

He won a decisive victory on a platform of economic reform.

See also CROSS-PLATFORM(Cf. ↑cross-platform), OIL PLATFORM(Cf. ↑oil platform), TRADING PLATFORM(Cf. ↑trading platform)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Platform — Plat form , n. [Plat, a. + form: cf. F. plateforme.] 1. A plat; a plan; a sketch; a model; a pattern. Used also figuratively. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. A place laid out after a model. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] lf the platform just reflects the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • platform — [plat′fôrm΄] n. [Fr plate forme, lit., flat form: see PLATE & FORM] 1. a raised horizontal surface of wood, stone, or metal; specif., a) a raised stage or flooring beside railroad tracks or the like b) a raised flooring or stage for performers,… …   English World dictionary

  • Platform — Plat form , v. t. 1. To place on a platform. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. To form a plan of; to model; to lay out. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Church discipline is platformed in the Bible. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • platform — (n.) 1540s, plan of action, scheme, design, from M.Fr. plate forme, lit. flat form, from O.Fr. plate flat (see PLAT (Cf. plat)) + forme form (see FORM (Cf. form)). The literal sense of raised, level surface is first recorded 1550s. Political… …   Etymology dictionary

  • platform — [n1] stand or stage belvedere, dais, floor, podium, pulpit, rostrum, scaffold, scaffolding, staging, terrace; concepts 440,443 platform [n2] political stance, promises manifesto, objectives, party line*, plank, policy, principle, program,… …   New thesaurus

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