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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 hardware and often still refers to only a CPU model or computer family. For example, the x86 PC is the world's largest desktop computer platform. The terms "platform" and "environment" are used interchangeably. See hardware platform and environment.

An Operating System Platform
An operating system often implies the CPU hardware. For example, when an application "runs 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 exclusively on x86 machines, although it used to run on other hardware, and in 2017 will run on Qualcomm's ARM chips (see Windows 10 ARM).

The Mac operating system (macOS) means Intel x86 hardware, although in the past, it ran on PowerPC and Motorola 68000 CPUs. The Android platform means Android OS and ARM CPUs, while Apple's mobile platform runs the iOS operating system on ARM (see ARM chips).

With Unix, hardware is not implied. Unix applications run on almost every CPU family and are compiled into the machine language of that hardware. The phrase "the xyz app runs on Unix" implies multiple CPUs. See Unix.

Platforms Provide Interfaces
An application can also be a platform if it is a base for other programs. For example, Web browsers accept third-party plug-ins, and the browser application becomes a platform to interface with. Any software can be said to be a platform that provides a set of rules and codes that applications are written to interact with. See application framework and online platform.
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It was Kantos Kan, and as all eyes turned toward him he leaped past the Zodangan soldiery and sprang upon the platform.
A sullen murmur rose louder and louder about the packed coliseum, and then Kantos Kan, who had not left the platform since first he had taken his place near me, raised his hand for silence.
Johnny Dooit next came on the platform with his tool-chest, and in a few minutes built a great flying machine; then put his chest in the machine and the whole thing flew away together--Johnny and all--after he had bid good-bye to those present and thanked the Princess for her hospitality.
He had invented a machine to blow huge soap-bubbles, as big as balloons, and this machine was hidden under the platform so that only the rim of the big clay pipe to produce the bubbles showed above the flooring.
The young man strolled down the platform, and catching up with the inspector, touched him on the shoulder.
The little train backed slowly along the platform side.
Eureka quickly followed him, and soon they were all standing together upon the platform, with eight of the much prized wooden wings beside them.
So the horse gave a groan, flopped its four wings all together, and flew away from the platform.
But when the passengers counted each other on the station platform several were found missing; among others the courageous Frenchman, whose devotion had just saved them.
I should much like to try your plan," I said, and, as Sylvie and Bruno happened to run up to us at the moment, I left them to keep the Earl company, and strolled along the platform, making each person and event play its part in an extempore drama for my especial benefit.
The greatest demonstration of all, however, was at the entrance of my new acquaintance, Professor Challenger, when he passed down to take his place at the extreme end of the front row of the platform.
A hundred yards from the beach was a little level spot, fairly free of trees; here they decided eventually to build a permanent house, but for the time being they both thought it best to construct a little platform in the trees out of reach of the larger of the savage beasts in whose realm they were.