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Dictionary Definition



1 a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform"
2 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" [syn: political platform, political program, program]
3 the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system
4 any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons [syn: weapons platform]
5 a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole [syn: chopine, chopines, platforms]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A raised stage from which speeches are made and songs are sung.
  2. A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.
  3. A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train.
  4. (automobiles) A set of components shared by several vehicle models.
  5. A particular type of operating system or environment such as a database or other specific software, and/or a particular type of computer or microprocessor, used to describe a particular environment for running other software, or for defining a specific software or hardware environment for discussion purposes.
    That program runs on an X-Window-System platform.
    Typical PCs use the x86 platform.

Derived terms


A raised stage from which speeches are made and songs are sung
  • Croatian: podij
  • Finnish: lava, puhujakoroke (1,speeches only'')
  • French: scène, podium
  • German: Plattform , Podest
  • Hungarian: emelvény, pódium
  • Slovene: podij
A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks
structure for waiting for a train
  • Chinese: 月台 (yuètái)
  • Croatian: platforma
  • Czech: nástupiště, peróna
  • Dutch: perron
  • Finnish: asemalaituri
  • French: quai
  • German: Bahnsteig
  • Hungarian: vágány, peron
  • Italian: binario
  • Japanese: プラットホーム (purattohōmu), ホーム (hōmu)
  • Slovene: peron
  • Spanish: andén
  • Swedish: plattform
A set of components shared by several vehicle models
A particular type of operating system or environment
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (tái)
  • Croatian: platforma
  • Dutch: platform
  • Finnish: alusta, sovellusalusta
  • French: plate-forme
  • German: Plattform
  • Italian: piattaforma
  • Japanese: (だい, dai)
  • Korean: (dan)
  • Portuguese: plataforma
  • Russian: платформа (platfórma)
  • Spanish: plataforma
  • Swedish: plattform
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Extensive Definition

The word platform is used in several different contexts, usually referring to some kind of standing surface used to support things, give them stability, or visibility:
platform in Bulgarian: Платформа
platform in German: Plattform
platform in Spanish: Plataforma
platform in Persian: سکو
platform in French: Plate-forme
platform in Korean: 플랫폼
platform in Dutch: Platform
platform in Japanese: プラットフォーム
platform in Portuguese: Plataforma
platform in Russian: Платформа
platform in Slovak: Platforma
platform in Swedish: Plattform

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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