American English

Definition of platform noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    at train station
  1. 1the raised flat area beside the track at a train station, where you get on or off the train The man fell from the platform and onto the tracks. The train stopped at the platform. compare track
  2. for performers
  3. 2a flat surface raised above the level of the ground or floor, used by public speakers or performers so that the audience can see them synonym rostrum Coming onto the platform now is tonight's conductor, Marin Alsop. Representatives of both parties shared a platform (= they spoke at the same meeting).
  4. raised surface
  5. 3a raised level surface, for example one that equipment stands on or is operated from an oil/gas platform a launch platform (= for spacecraft ) a viewing platform with stunning views over the valley
  6. politics/opinions
  7. 4[usually singular] the aims of a political party and the things that they say they will do if they are elected to power They are campaigning on an anti-immigration platform. They fought the election on a platform of low taxes.
  8. 5an opportunity or a place for someone to express their opinions publicly or make progress in a particular area She used the newspaper column as a platform for her feminist views.
  9. computing
  10. 6the type of computer system or the software that is used an IBM platform a multimedia platform
  11. shoes
  12. 7a high thick sole of a shoe platform shoes
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: platform