- —platformless, adj./plat"fawrm/, n.1. a horizontal surface or structure with a horizontal surface raised above the level of the surrounding area.2. a raised flooring or other horizontal surface, such as, in a hall or meeting place, a stage for use by public speakers, performers, etc.3. the raised area between or alongside the tracks of a railroad station, from which the cars of the train are entered.4. the open entrance area, or the vestibule, at the end of a railroad passenger car.5. a landing in a flight of stairs.6. a public statement of the principles, objectives, and policy of a political party, esp. as put forth by the representatives of the party in a convention to nominate candidates for an election: The platform contained the usual platitudes.7. a body of principles on which a person or group takes a stand in appealing to the public; program: The Fabians developed an all-embracing platform promising utopia.8. a set of principles; plan.9. a place for public discussion; forum.10. a decklike construction on which the drill rig of an offshore oil or gas well is erected.11. Building Trades. a relatively flat member or construction for distributing weight, as a wall plate, grillage, etc.12. Mil.a. solid ground on which artillery pieces are mounted.b. a metal stand or base attached to certain types of artillery pieces.13. Naut. flat1 (def. 44a).14. a flat, elevated piece of ground.15. Geol. a vast area of undisturbed sedimentary rocks that, together with a shield, constitutes a craton.16. a thick insert of leather, cork, or other sturdy material between the uppers and the sole of a shoe, usually intended for stylish effect or to give added height.17. platforms, platform shoes.18. -a. See hardware platform.b. See software platform.19. a scheme of religious principles or doctrines.[1540-50; earlier platte forme < MF: lit., flat form, plane figure. See PLATE1, FORM]Syn. 2. stage, dais, rostrum, pulpit.
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