English platform definition
Middle French plateforme ( “ a flat form ” ), from plate ( “ flat ” ) (from Old French , from plat Ancient Greek πλατύς ( , platús “ flat ” )) + forme ( “ form ” ) (from Latin fōrma ( “ shape; figure; form ” )); compare .
Platforms at Jamaica station on the Long Island Rail Road ( LIRR) (sense 12)
platform ( plural )
stage from which speeches are made and on which musical and other performances are made.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 13, in : The Mirror and the Lamp “[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. Synonym: ( not for artistic performances ) podium A raised floor for any purpose, e.g. for workmen during construction, or formerly for military cannon.
A place or an opportunity to express one's opinion; a
This new talk show will give a platform to everyday men and women. Synonym: ( only regarding the physical structure ) podium A kind of high
shoe with an extra layer between the inner and outer soles.
( figuratively ) Something that allows an enterprise to advance; a foundation or stage.
2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, in BBC Sport :  Hidgson may actually feel England could have scored even more but this was the perfect first step on the road to Rio in 2014 and the ideal platform for the second qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday.
( automobiles ) A set of components shared by several vehicle models.
( computing ) A computer system used to deliver services to clients; a solution
( computing ) 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 the X Window System platform. 2013 June 1, “ End of the peer show”, in , volume 407, number 8838, page 71: The Economist Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.
( geology ) A flat expanse of rock, often the result of wave erosion.
( nautical ) A light deck, usually placed in a section of the hold or over the floor of the magazine.
( politics ) A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.
( travel ) A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train, metro etc.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in : The Celebrity We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. [… ] As we reached the lodge we heard the whistle, and we backed up against one side of the platform as the train pulled up at the other. 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist , volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):  A “moving platform” scheme [… ] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays. This set-up solves several problems […]. Stopping high-speed trains wastes energy and time, so why not simply slow them down enough for a moving platform to pull alongside? ( obsolete ) A plan; a sketch; a model; a pattern.
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stage for speeches and performances
հարթակ (hy) ( hartʿak ) Bulgarian:
естрада (bg) f ( estrada ), подиум (bg) m ( podium ) Burmese:
စင် (my) ( cang ) Catalan:
tarima f Chinese:
Mandarin: 講壇 , (zh) 讲坛 (zh) ( jiǎngtán ) Dutch:
podium (nl) , n platform (nl) , n verhoog (nl) n Farefare:
lava , (fi) esiintymislava ; (fi) puhujakoroke (fi) ( stage for speeches ) French:
scène (fr) , f podium (fr) m German:
Plattform (de) , f Podest (de) n Greek:
εξέδρα (el) f ( exédra )
Ancient: βῆμα n ( bêma ) Hindi:
मंच (hi) m ( mañc ) Hungarian:
emelvény , (hu) pódium , (hu) dobogó (hu) Italian:
piattaforma (it) f Japanese: 演壇 (ja) ( えんだん, endan )
វេទិកា (km) ( veetikaa ) Korean:
연단 (ko) ( yeondan ) Latin:
suggestus , m exstructum n Manx:
(please verify) ardan m Persian:
سکو (fa) ( saku ) Portuguese:
plataforma (pt) f Romanian:
podium (ro) , n scenă (ro) , f estradă (ro) f Russian:
помо́ст (ru) m ( pomóst ), по́диум (ru) m ( pódium ), платфо́рма (ru) f ( platfórma ) Scottish Gaelic:
àrd-ùrlar m Serbo-Croatian:
(please verify) подиј m Roman: (please verify) podij m Slovene:
podij m Swedish:
plattform (sv) , c estrad (sv) , c scen (sv) , c podium (sv) n Turkish:
platform , (tr) podyum (tr) Welsh: llwyfan (cy) , m or f platfform m
place or opportunity to express one's opinion
computing: particular type of operating
on a broad set of issues
travel: raised structure for passengers
platformë (sq) f Arabic:
رَصِيف m ( raṣīf ) Armenian:
կառամատույց (hy) ( kaṙamatuycʿ ), պլատֆորմ (hy) ( platform ) Azerbaijani:
, platforma perron Belarusian:
платфо́рма f ( platfórma ), перо́н m ( pjerón ) Bulgarian:
платфо́рма (bg) f ( platfórma ), перо́н m ( perón ) Catalan:
andana (ca) f Chinese:
, 月臺 月台 ( jyut 6 toi 4 ) Hakka:
, 月臺 月台 ( ngie̍t-thòi ) Mandarin:
月臺 , (zh) 月台 (zh) ( yuètái ) Min Nan: , 月臺 月台 (zh-min-nan) ( goa̍t-tâi, goe̍h-tâi, ge̍h-tâi, ge̍rh-tâi ) Czech:
nástupiště (cs) , n perón m Danish:
platform , c perron (da) c Dutch:
perron (nl) n Esperanto:
kajo (eo) Estonian:
platvorm, perroon Finnish:
asemalaituri , (fi) laituri (fi) French:
quai (fr) m
Georgian: პლატფორმა ( ṗlaṭporma ) German:
Bahnsteig (de) , m Perron (de) m ( Austria, Switzerland, dated in Germany ) Greek:
αποβάθρα (el) f ( apováthra ) Hebrew:
רְצִיף (he) m ( r'tsif ) Hindi:
प्लेटफार्म (hi) m ( pleṭphārm ), प्लैटफ़ॉर्म m ( plaiṭfŏrm ), प्लेटफ़ॉर्म m ( pleṭfŏrm ) Hungarian:
vágány , (hu) peron (hu) Indonesian:
peron (id) Italian:
binario (it) m Japanese:
プラットホーム (ja) ( purattohōmu ), ホーム (ja) ( hōmu ), 歩廊 ( ほろう, horō ), 乗り場 ( のりば, noriba ) Kazakh: платформа (kk) ( platforma )
플랫폼 ( peullaetpom ), 플랫홈 ( peullaethom ), 홈 (ko) ( hom ), 플랫트홈 ( peullaetteuhom ), 승강장 (ko) ( seunggangjang ) Kyrgyz:
платформа (ky) ( platforma ) Latvian:
platforma , f perons m Lithuanian:
platforma , f peronas m Macedonian:
платформа f ( platforma ), перон m ( peron ) Norwegian:
perrong m Nynorsk: perrong m Persian:
سکو (fa) ( saku ) Polish:
platforma (pl) , f peron (pl) m Portuguese:
plataforma (pt) f Romanian:
peron (ro) , n chei (ro) n Russian:
платфо́рма (ru) f ( platfórma ), перро́н (ru) m ( perrón ) Scottish Gaelic:
àrd-ùrlar m Serbo-Croatian:
пла̀тфо̄рма f Roman: plàtfōrma (sh) f Slovak:
nástupište , n perón m Slovene:
peron (sl) m Spanish:
andén (es) , m plataforma (es) f Swedish:
plattform (sv) , c perrong (sv) c Tajik:
платформа ( platforma ) Thai:
ชานชาลา (th) ( chaan-chaa-laa ) Turkish:
peron (tr) Turkmen:
платфо́рма f ( platfórma ), перо́н m ( perón ) Uzbek:
platforma (uz) Vietnamese:
sân ga (vi) Welsh: platfform , m banllawr m
plan, sketch, model, pattern
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platform ( third-person singular simple present , platforms present participle , platforming simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To furnish with or shape into a platform
1885, Frances Elliot, The Diary of an Idle Woman in Sicily , page 192:  [… ] upon a smiling knoll platformed by Nature [… ]
( transitive ) To place on, or as if on, a platform.
1844, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, To Flush, My Dog
And this dog was satisfied / If a pale thin hand would glide / Down his dewlaps sloping / Which he pushed his nose within, / After— platforming his chin / On the palm left open.
( obsolete , transitive ) To form a plan of; to model; to lay out.
1642, John Milton, ; republished in The Reason of Church-Government Urg’d against Prelaty A Complete Collection of the Historical, Political, and Miscellaneous Works of John Milton,, volume I, Amsterdam [actually London: s.n.], 1698, [ … ] , OCLC 926209975 page 202: I have ſaid what is meet to ſome who do not think it for the eaſe of their inconſequent Opinions, to grant that Church-Diſcipline is platform'd in the Bible, but that it is left to the diſcretion of Men.
( politics , transitive ) To include in a political platform
1955, Amy Lowell, Complete Poetical Works , page 408:  Among them I scarcely can plot out one truth / Plain enough to be platformed by some voting sleuth / And paraded before the precinct polling-booth.
( transitive ) To publish or make visible; to provide a platform for (a topic etc.).
2020 May 28, Bhumika Popli, “ Menstrual Hygiene Day: Changing mindsets with ‘period leave’”, in The New Indian Express: We want to platform the larger, unspoken issue of menstrual health and hygiene of women at work, and how we as a society need to start taking cognizance of it and start adopting measures to help our women workforce navigate it with ease. 2020 July 29, Conor Friedersdorf, “ Purity Politics Makes Nothing Happen”, in The Atlantic: If Buckley were still alive today, could a university get away with platforming him in a debate? Antonyms: , deplatform no-platform ( film , transitive ) To open (a film) in a small number of theaters before a broader release in order to generate enthusiasm.
1981 September 2, Aljean Harmetz, “ Comes Fall, a Chance for Serious Movies?”, in The New York Times, page C21: But serious movies are not necessarily good movies. A studio that decides to platform a film had better be sure the film will get the necessary good reviews and audience approval. Otherwise, like United Artists' "A Small Circle of Friends," which was platformed around the same time as "The Elephant Man," the film will fail calamitously. 1993 November 25, Bernard Weinraub, “ For Movie Industry, Thanksgiving Means A Box-Office Feast”, in The New York Times, page C11: Each of these films will be " platformed," the industry term to describe the strategy of opening a movie first in a limited number of theaters to give it an aura of exclusivity, then having its appeal build through word of mouth.
Dutch platform definition
Middle French .
platform ( n plural platformen or , platforms diminutive platformpje )
, flat surface, notably a platform or dais stage A political platform, (electoral)
plateau A flat
roof ( obsolete ) A ground-plan
Hungarian platform definition
German , from Plattform French . plateforme
platform ( plural platformok)
( politics ) platform ( electoral program )
( computing ) platform ( a particular type of operating system or environment ) platform ( a flat surface )
Possessive forms of platform
1st person sing.
2nd person sing.
3rd person sing.
1st person plural
2nd person plural
3rd person plural
platform in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
Indonesian platform definition
Dutch , from platform Middle French (Modern plateforme French ), from plate-forme Ancient Greek πλατύς ( , platús “ flat ” )) + Latin fōrma ( “ shape; figure; form ” ).
platform a plan; a sketch; a model; a pattern.
Synonyms: , program rencana a raised stage from which speeches are made and on which musical and other performances are made.
Synonyms: , panggung , pentas mimbar a raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train, metro etc.
Synonym: peron a political platform, (electoral) . program
Turkish platform definition
platform ( definite accusative , platformu plural )
platform ( transport , travel ) platform