Definition of platform in English:



  • 1A raised level surface on which people or things can stand.

    ‘there are viewing platforms where visitors may gape at the chasm’
    • ‘To the north of the block, a tower rises to provide a viewing platform that overlooks the whole site.’
    • ‘A guard had dropped another large execution device they were carrying up the stairs to the raised wooden platform.’
    • ‘You stand on the viewing platform and squint, trying to work out who the guy with the moustache and glasses is.’
    • ‘They go to stand on the viewing platform, teetering like divers on the precipice of hell, and click their camera shutters at the 16 acres of emptiness below.’
    • ‘Dustin decided to run; Poe was still hoisting Gin up onto the rock platform he stood on, and couldn't help him.’
    • ‘A tall hooded figure, standing on the platform, raised a rose standard high above his head.’
    • ‘Standing on another lofty viewing platform, visitors could experience the exhibition itself in a similar way.’
    • ‘While you're here you can make the pilgrimage to Ground Zero and stand on the viewing platform to stare at the stony emptiness below.’
    • ‘There is also a very unusual raised wooden platform with the bed at its heart.’
    • ‘It now sits at Fort William, complete with a viewing platform and floodlighting for visitors to observe the train revolving.’
    • ‘Workers wear special harnesses and stand on carefully constructed platforms, supported by a scaffolding system that is almost as complex and labyrinthine as the bridge itself.’
    • ‘The lord and his family ate on a raised platform at one end of the hall.’
    • ‘A group of Tafe students have got their hands dirty, building a viewing platform that overlooks Sunset Beach.’
    • ‘The six stood on the landing platform at the base of the yacht's ramp and simply stared at each other for a few seconds.’
    • ‘The plans are believed to include provisions for a public viewing platform at the top of the structure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They stood on the platform and they were beamed down to the surface.’
    • ‘Lawrence grabbed the gun on the platform in front of him.’
    • ‘Consider the fact that a rider can stand still on its platform, supported only by two wheels on either side, and not roll off in either direction.’
    1. 1.1 A raised floor or stage used by public speakers or performers so that they can be seen by their audience.
      as modifier ‘he was a popular platform speaker’
      ‘she was good enough to earn her living on the concert platform’
      • ‘Kevin Kline addressed the question in the imaginary audience of courtiers that would soon surround the platform stage.’
      • ‘When I explained my decision from a public platform two weeks ago, a young woman in the audience argued that there were important domestic policies at risk that took precedence over the war.’
      • ‘Sinn Fein speakers shared platforms there with socialists.’
      • ‘Only one was present at the meeting, and he was on the speaker's platform.’
      • ‘Neither Boulange, nor any of the speakers from the platform or the floor made this statement.’
      • ‘They made me stand on the platform in front of the podium.’
      • ‘While a changed mood may have been perceptible among the marchers, there was little to distinguish the message that came from the speakers' platforms from those offered in previous protests.’
      • ‘In line with this, the speakers' platforms at many and varied protest demonstrations featured Democrats or Greens senators.’
      • ‘Badly scripted, obvious rhetoric is spewed from a platform of speakers.’
      • ‘Speakers on the platform included John Gilligan and Tony McMahon of Ennis and Shannon and Cllrs.’
      • ‘The demonstration moved to Trafalgar Square, where people gathered to hear speakers on a platform organised by the Stop the War coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain.’
      • ‘I have heard a Communist speaker on the platform grow very angry about it.’
      • ‘On many occasions the audience was far more radical than the speakers on the platform.’
      • ‘He was to speak on a specially built circular stage in the centre of the arena, linked by a platform used by other speakers.’
      • ‘She ignored calls from the audience and the speakers on the platform for the resolution to be put.’
      • ‘Carreras resumed his career, gradually returning to the opera stage and the concert platform as well as to the recording studio.’
      • ‘Here were three instrumentalists at the top of their craft; as talented and complete a trinity of musicians as ever came together to perform on a public platform.’
      • ‘Last month, she even appeared on the same platform as former House speaker Newt Gingrich to discuss healthcare reform.’
      • ‘It is a demanding play but it is staged with exemplary clarity by director Erica Whyman and designer Soutra Gilmour, who simply places the speaker on a bare-boards platform.’
      • ‘Organizations will be prohibited from setting up platforms for speakers, even though they have been granted permits to protest.’
      stage, dais, stand, rostrum, podium, soapbox
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    2. 1.2 A raised structure along the side of a railway track where passengers get on and off trains at a station.
      ‘he walked along Platform 2’
      • ‘Strathclyde Police spent six hours looking for the boy until he was noticed by railway staff on the platform of Macclesfield Station in Cheshire shortly before 9pm.’
      • ‘When did you know you would create a subway platform?’
      • ‘There is also a platform for special passenger trains that is only in use when a race is on.’
      • ‘A family of drunken louts have been sent to jail for train hooliganism and fighting police on the platform of York Railway Station.’
      • ‘A replica of the elephant Bholu stands on the platform, welcoming the visitors into the 12-coach exhibition on wheels.’
      • ‘It means that goods can be transferred on passenger platforms on the railways - perfect for low-volume rail distribution in remote areas or even city centres.’
      • ‘Workers created a railway platform and dressed up as characters from the hugely popular children's books.’
      • ‘Incidents of vandalism, rowdiness and violence on trains and railway platforms have been well documented in the pages of the Keighley News.’
      • ‘It is within sight of the main platform of the train station but inaccessible except by car or a long trudge down suburban streets.’
      • ‘Escalators and elevators await arriving passengers from both subway platforms at the Howard Beach station.’
      • ‘While effective separation on mainline long-distance passenger trains was long entrenched, station platforms and suburban trains in the Cape were not so tightly controlled.’
      • ‘In March 1955 family members paid a penny each to venture onto the platform at York Railway Station to wave off newly-weds Gladys and Bernard Hewitt.’
      • ‘The camera fast tracks along a London train station platform as the passengers disembark and rush toward us.’
      • ‘They also say that loving someone, even though you know that particular someone will never love you back, is like waiting at the platform of a train station for a taxicab.’
      • ‘We saw one passenger running on the platform trying to get the train to stop with no luck.’
      • ‘Rail chiefs say the whistle is so loud it makes passengers hurry onto trains rather than dawdling along the platform - and makes trains stick to timetables.’
      • ‘If passengers have tickets or if someone is on the platform, the train stops.’
      • ‘They land on the platform of the railway station.’
      • ‘The Prince of Wales got a warm welcome when he stepped on to the platform at Skipton Railway Station on Monday for his fourth visit to the area in as many years.’
      • ‘The grainy footage, broadcast on television, showed other passengers on the platform and on the train looking stunned.’
    3. 1.3British The floor area at the entrance to a bus.
    4. 1.4 A raised structure standing in the sea from which oil or gas wells can be drilled or regulated.
      ‘offshore platforms’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This hazard has led some scientists to suggest that retrieving the hydrate intact and then liquefying it on ships or drilling platforms is a better approach.’
      • ‘They yesterday evacuated 485 non-essential staff from their 14 offshore platforms and two drilling rigs.’
      • ‘On various episodes we've seen people living in caves, up in trees, on old offshore drilling platforms, and in abandoned missile silos.’
      • ‘Until that moment the existence of mobile oil platforms had been kept a closely guarded commercial secret.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He added Aberdeen as the base for North Sea oil rigs and platforms.’
      • ‘A fishing boat's crew sighted the sinking ship, sounded the alarm and began to organise a rescue operation, in which a number of boats from nearby oil-rig platforms took part.’
      • ‘Zoning out at night while swimming from a large platform oil rig to a tanker was one thing.’
      • ‘Oil companies are also hopeful that the system will save them millions by detecting strong underwater currents that can stress oil rig platforms.’
      • ‘The world's largest offshore oil platform is still on an unsteady angle in the Gulf of Mexico.’
      • ‘Large plastic pipes run from the outlet of the four blowers to airtight holes drilled in the platform.’
      • ‘Production is expected in the range of 8-10,000 barrels of oil per day from 8 wells to be drilled from the platform.’
      • ‘It was a large first step before offshore drilling from floating platforms was even envisioned.’
      • ‘What happens in the case of oil drilling platforms?’
      • ‘Offshore oil rigs and platforms, refineries along the Gulf Coast all closed tonight ahead of the hurricane.’
      • ‘Right now most of the work Denny does is for a group of oil companies that have drilling platforms in the North Atlantic about 350 miles east of St. John's.’
      • ‘The idea is to build giant, floating military bases much like offshore, oil-drilling platforms - only much, much bigger.’
      • ‘Sources said the helicopter was transporting workers from an offshore platform at Pt Galeota to Piarco.’
      • ‘After we know the extent of the reserves there, we'll invest in a platform to start drilling.’
    5. 1.5usually with modifier A raised structure or orbiting satellite from which rockets or missiles may be launched.
      ‘the launch platform’
      ‘orbiting weapons platforms’
      • ‘We've got multiple contacts headed toward the launch platform.’
      • ‘Part of the landing craft remained on the Moon to be used as a launch platform; the rest was used to carry the astronauts back to lunar orbit.’
      • ‘It is qualified as a launch platform for the laser-guided anti-armour missile.’
      • ‘The non-ballistic flight path of the missile via waypoints assists in preventing location of the launch platforms from the flight trajectory.’
      • ‘He could see dozens of low buildings and the big black launch platform where Rocket One would be sitting in only three months time.’
      • ‘The bus will take us to the launch platform, with the traditional toilet stop halfway, where we will briefly report to a commission again.’
      • ‘It takes less than 2 minutes to replenish the weapon platform with missiles.’
      • ‘One of the missiles accidentally missed the launch platform and fell onto the Heliopolis lake shore.’
      • ‘The launch platform aligns the munition for firing and ensures the connection of the mechanical, electrical and optronic interfaces.’
      • ‘China has confirmed that it is to build a new satellite launching platform, its fourth, in its southern province of Hainan.’
      • ‘Logistical problems that affect one weapon platform do not affect a totally different one.’
      • ‘The Ohio class submarines serve the United States Navy as the virtually undetectable undersea launch platforms of intercontinental missiles.’
      • ‘The event marked the first launch of the Tactical Tomahawk from an operational submarine launch platform.’
      • ‘It can be configured for launch from multiple platforms - from land, ships, submarines and aircraft.’
      • ‘This was used as the air launch platform for the first six commercially developed Pegasus rocket boosters.’
      • ‘Those assassins who had tried to shoot Erica on the launch platform now captured a starship.’
      • ‘Ty has co-opted all the Legos to build a tall launch platform, so high there is no room to add the rocket.’
      • ‘They removed the flags that were draped over the two torpedo cases that sat in the launch platform.’
      • ‘And that's the likely launch platform for another attack.’
      • ‘Brimstone is a fully fire and forget system, requiring no further interaction from the launch platform nor a post launch target designator.’
    6. 1.6 A standard for the hardware of a computer system, which determines what kinds of software it can run.
      • ‘A common hardware platform can make this task easier.’
      • ‘Multiple hardware platforms for digital photography can currently be used in a pathology laboratory.’
      • ‘One aspect of using hardware platforms for enabling software is that it inevitably requires porting of existing software solutions onto the platform.’
      • ‘The days of multiple hardware platforms and operating systems working with multiple databases and software configurations within one enterprise are coming to a close.’
      • ‘The number of devices, screen sizes, operating platforms, and support levels for small-screen browsing is mind-numbing.’
      • ‘We plan to support more hardware platforms and operating systems.’
  • 2usually in singular The declared policy of a political party or group.

    ‘seeking election on a platform of low taxes’
    • ‘We refer him to Labor Party policy and platform and suggest that if he has signed his membership forms, the rest should follow naturally.’
    • ‘The referendum was part of the Liberal party's election platform.’
    • ‘Who's to say you can't elect a party on a platform of elimination of government in a democratic system?’
    • ‘However, to everyone's surprise, he almost won a seat in the election by running on a radical platform the Democratic Party had been unwilling to take up.’
    • ‘When I was federal Labor spokeswoman on employment I incorporated social enterprises into the party's election platform.’
    • ‘The 1964 platform of the Republican Party did allow tax credits for those burdened by the costs of higher education.’
    • ‘The Democratic Party platform called for federal aid to education administered by the states.’
    • ‘In the course of the press conference the elected officials sought to distance themselves from anything in the Green Party platform that remotely resembled socialism.’
    • ‘Another encouraging development was the Democratic Party platform of 1916.’
    • ‘He was also a leading figure in the drafting of the Republican Party's national security platform in the 2000 election.’
    • ‘But line up conservative religious values next to the current platform of the Republican party and the pieces fit like a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Even the state sovereign immunity and anti-commandeering cases seem to comport with the Republican Party platform.’
    • ‘In 1980, however, the Democratic Party platform explicitly declared its support for the Supreme Court's ruling.’
    • ‘The Republican Party platform of 1952 included a vehement attack on communists.’
    • ‘The passage of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act is listed in the Republican Party platform as one of the successes of the Bush administration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today, a sense of the common good, while retaining a central place in Catholic thought, does not fit easily into the platform of either political party.’
    • ‘A vote for me will not be wasted, but will be a vote for a socialist political platform.’
    • ‘Some radical followers demanded more socialism in the party platform.’
    policy, programme, party line, manifesto, plan, plan of action, principles, tenets, objectives, aims
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    1. 2.1 An opportunity to voice one's views or initiate action.
      ‘the forum will provide a platform for discussion of communication issues’
      • ‘Everybody has a view and their own set of interests and the Web provides a valid platform for sharing this voice.’
      • ‘Well, it's a great opportunity to have a platform on which you can get out the ideas that you think work.’
      • ‘A few months later, when the research project was completed, Women Without Borders was officially launched to provide a platform where voices of women could be heard.’
      • ‘‘My hope is that Checkpoint can give a platform to these other voices, these other perspectives,’ he says.’
      • ‘The congress served as a platform for celebrating the policies of the new French government and its right-wing leaders.’
      • ‘This is why it never even occurred to Rudd or Gillard to utilise the leadership contest as a platform to elaborate policy differences and fight to win new adherents.’
      • ‘This has become an important event providing a platform for views and performances.’
      • ‘It's not just that there are more than 500 sessions - but virtually every session in turn has a range of different views on the platform.’
      • ‘Last series, he interviewed the Burmese ambassador to Britain under the guise of ‘giving him a platform to express his views’.’
      • ‘With Underground Codes, she provides a platform for a national discussion on race and crime in America.’
      • ‘I may not like the idea of the woman's views being given a platform with no critique, but that is a valid editorial decision.’
      • ‘I'm not a particularly political person, and this space, over the years, has never been a platform for my personal views or beliefs.’
      • ‘He has stayed to have a platform for his views on Europe.’
      • ‘Heller has given a platform to many other voices.’
      • ‘People, young and old, from across all communities, races and creeds have had a platform to express those 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.’
      • ‘Under Russia's media laws it is prohibited to give terrorists a platform to voice their views.’
      • ‘I can't help but feel that I should take advantage of this opportunity of a free platform to say something.’
      • ‘And we will give them a platform for their views.’
  • 3A shoe with very thick soles.

    ‘a pair of chunky platforms’
    as modifier ‘yellow platform shoes’
    • ‘I wore a stretchy blank tank top, faded jeans, and platform sandals.’
    • ‘She also wore her platform sandal shoes which she brought from home.’
    • ‘Whatever, I know that I want to wear those 7 " platform heels that I bought in Brighton.’
    • ‘Shannon spotted Mel lingering in the middle of the commons area, so she high-tailed it as fast as she could in her thick platforms.’
    • ‘She was wearing black platform boots that were laced up with silver lace.’
    • ‘These platforms are about 3 inches high but they are amazingly comfortable I would say even more comfortable than my 1 inch shoes.’
    • ‘There was fashion in footwear too, with a mix of high-heels and platforms, though the trend was to keep it simple and comfortable.’
    • ‘One participant completed the course dressed as Wonder Woman in red, glittery platform boots.’
    • ‘And I really want those platform shoes seen at the end of this collection!’
    • ‘He comes with a collection of satin platforms, kitten heels and jewel-encrusted flats, and if shoes aren't your bag, maybe handbags are.’
    • ‘They were knee boots, shiny black platforms with shiny silver buckles.’
    • ‘‘My name is Tzachi,’ he said with an accent as thick as his platforms.’
    • ‘I also had on my PVC jeans and high-heeled platform boots if I remember rightly.’
    • ‘With conventional high heels, the length from ball to heel of a woman's foot limits the shoes' height, but there is no limit with platforms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After several seasons of wedgies and platforms reigning supreme on the streets and in the malls, this year, heels run the gamut.’
    • ‘I chose a red tube top, black denim mini skirt with matching black denim jacket and red strappy platforms.’
    • ‘For women, the silhouette has slimmed down from chunky platforms to a flat with a low or stiletto heel.’
    • ‘These leather sandals aren't platforms, but they look so glamorous that I couldn't resist mentioning them.’
    • ‘Her boots were tall platforms that extended to her mid-thigh.’


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