Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLATFORMS

The greetings of friends on the platforms at the different stations only made him sigh.

The other platforms were occasionally dropping them: I had been too hasty, too prodigal.

The concrete was shoveled from the platforms to place and rammed.

The tower had two platforms, one at the top carrying two 10-cu.

In 1876 the topic had been more prominent in the platforms, but not in the canvass.

Venerable figure-heads, what would our platforms be without you?

The sick are taken from the cars and walked up and down the platforms.

At one end of the grounds there were three long rows of platforms.

Platforms had been erected and seats sold for fabulous prices.

The houses were raised on platforms, with steps leading to them some height from the ground.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "plan of action, scheme, design," from Middle French plateforme, platte fourme, literally "flat form," from Old French plat "flat" (see plateau (n.)) + forme "form" (see form (n.)). The literal sense of "raised, level surface" in English is first recorded 1550s. Political meaning, "statement of party policies," is from 1803, probably originally an image of a literal platform on which politicians gather, stand, and make their appeals, perhaps influenced by earlier sense of "set of rules governing church doctrine" (first attested 1570s). Railroad station sense is from 1838.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.