- platform plat‧form [ˈplætfɔːm ǁ -fɔːrm] noun [countable]1. the raised place beside a railway track where you get on and off the train2. a system used to broadcast television or radio programmes3. a tall structure built so that people can work around the surrounding areaˈoil ˌplatform also proˈduction ˌplatforma 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.
* * *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.
Financial and business terms. 2012.