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platform

1. a raised floor or other horizontal surface, such as a stage for speakers
2. a raised area at a railway station, from which passengers have access to the trains
3. the declared principles, aims, etc., of a political party, an organization, or an individual
4. a level raised area of ground
5. a specific type of computer hardware or computer operating system

Platform

A raised floor or terrace, open or roofed; a stair landing.

Platform

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

“The Platform” is where mediums address the public and relay messages received from spirit. The Morris Pratt Institute Educational Course in Modern Spiritualism states,

Platform decorum is of the utmost importance. The moment you step into view, you are Spiritualism. You may be the main reason many of the people came. To meet the various needs of those attending, to leave a permanent message in their mind, and to be an asset to the movement of Spiritualism, you must know and practice good platform decorum. Our services are religious services, and those serving should act accordingly.

Whether or not there is an actual platform is immaterial. For example, at Lily Dale Assembly there are regular daily message services given throughout the summer season at Forest Temple and at Inspiration Stump. A variety of different mediums speak at each service. There is no actual platform from which they speak—they stand in front of the seated people—yet the traditional “platform decorum” still is strictly followed.

Speaking from a platform offers advantages to the medium in that she can see the whole of the audience and can thereby more easily distinguish the different people who are being contacted by spirit.

Sources:

Morris Pratt Institute: Educational Course on Modern Spiritualism. Milwaukee: M.P.I., 1981

Platform

 

in geology, a segment of the earth’s crust, within a central continental craton, in which the folded base is relatively submerged and covered by 1- to 16-km strata of horizontally bedded or gently tilted sedimentary rocks. The platform is contrasted to the relatively uplifted structure of the central continental craton “known as the shield and is composed of diverse structures of lesser orders, such as anteclises, syneclises, and domes. The term was proposed by E. Suess in 1885.

platform

[′plat‚fȯrm]
(computer science)
The hardware system and the system software used by a computer program.
(geology)
Any level or almost level surface; a small plateau.
A continental area covered by relatively flat or gently tilted, mainly sedimentary strata which overlay a basement of rocks consolidated during earlier deformations; platforms and shields together constitute cratons.
(mining engineering)
A wooden floor on the side of a gangway at the bottom of an inclined seam, to which the coal runs by gravity, and from which it is shoveled into mine cars.
(ordnance)
Temporary or permanent solid bed on which artillery pieces are supported to give greater stability.
Metal stand at the base of some types of guns upon which the gun crew stands while serving the gun.

platform

1. A raised floor or terrace, open or roofed.
2. A stair landing; also See stair platform.
3. A grillage.

platform

i. A flat structure on which loads are carried and may be air-dropped. See airdrop platform or palletized bladder.
ii. A vehicle carrying sensors and/or weapons [e.g., an aircraft, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)].
iii. A raised operating area for operation of helicopters and VSTOL (vertical/short takeoff and landing) aircraft.
iv. An extended root of turbine blade linking the root attachment to the airfoil.

platform

Specific computer hardware, as in the phrase "platform-independent". It may also refer to a specific combination of hardware and operating system and/or compiler, as in "this program has been ported to several platforms". It is also used to refer to support software for a particular activity, as in "This program provides a platform for research into routing protocols".

platform

A hardware and/or software architecture that serves as a foundation or base. The term originally dealt with only hardware, and it may still refer to only a CPU model or computer family. For example, the x86 PC is the world's largest hardware platform. IBM's Power Systems and Oracle's SPARC are also hardware platforms (see hardware platform for a larger list). The terms "platform" and "environment" are used interchangeably. See environment.

An Operating System Platform
An operating system often implies the CPU hardware. For example, when an application is said to "run on the Windows platform," it means that the program has been compiled into the x86 machine language and runs under Windows. It implies x86 because Windows runs mostly on x86 PCs.

The Mac operating system today (Mac OS X) means Intel x86 hardware. In the past, Mac operating systems ran on PowerPC and Motorola 68000 CPUs.

The Xbox "gaming platform" refers to the Xbox proprietary operating system, but different hardware depending on model (Xbox, Xbox 360 or Xbox ONE). The Android platform uses Android OS and ARM CPUs, while Apple's mobile platform runs iOS on ARM (see ARM chips).

With Unix, hardware is not implied. The phrase "the program runs on the Unix platform" does not indicate which CPU the program runs in. Unix programs run on almost every CPU family and have to be compiled into the machine language of that hardware. See Unix.

An Application Platform
An application can also be a platform if it is a base for other programs. For example, Web browsers accept third-party plug-ins, which are software components that add functionality. The browser becomes a platform to contain those components. See application framework and online platform.
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