What does apple mean?

Definitions for apple
ˈæp əlap·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apple(noun)

    fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh

  2. apple, orchard apple tree, Malus pumila(noun)

    native Eurasian tree widely cultivated in many varieties for its firm rounded edible fruits


  1. apple(Noun)

    A common, round fruit produced by the tree Malus domestica, cultivated in temperate climates.

  2. apple(Noun)

    A tree growing such fruit, of the genus Malus; the apple tree.

  3. apple(Noun)

    The wood of the apple tree.

  4. apple(Noun)

    Short for apples and pears, slang for stairs.

  5. apple(Noun)

    The ball in baseball.

  6. apple(Noun)

    When smiling, the round, fleshy part of the cheeks between the eyes and the corners of the mouth.

  7. Apple(ProperNoun)

    A nickname for New York City, usually u201Cthe Big Appleu201D.

  8. Apple(ProperNoun)

    A multimedia corporation (Apple Corps) and record company (Apple Records) founded by the Beatles.

  9. Apple(ProperNoun)

    Name of the company Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, that produces computers and other digital devices.

  10. Apple(ProperNoun)

    A computer produced by the company Apple Inc.

  11. Apple(ProperNoun)


  12. Origin: From appel, from æppel, from aplaz (compare Scots aipple, Dutch appel, German Apfel, Swedish äpple), from hₐébl̥ (compare Irish úll, Lithuanian obuolys, Russian яблоко, possibly ἄμπελος).\

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apple(noun)

    the fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus malus) cultivated in numberless varieties in the temperate zones

  2. Apple(noun)

    any tree genus Pyrus which has the stalk sunken into the base of the fruit; an apple tree

  3. Apple(noun)

    any fruit or other vegetable production resembling, or supposed to resemble, the apple; as, apple of love, or love apple (a tomato), balsam apple, egg apple, oak apple

  4. Apple(noun)

    anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold

  5. Apple(verb)

    to grow like an apple; to bear apples

  6. Origin: [OE. appel, eppel, AS. ppel, pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. ple, Dan. ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. oblys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown origin.]


  1. Apple

    The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have been present in the mythology and religions of many cultures, including Norse, Greek and Christian traditions. In 2010, the fruit's genome was decoded, leading to new understandings of disease control and selective breeding in apple production. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and uses, including cooking, fresh eating and cider production. Domestic apples are generally propagated by grafting, although wild apples grow readily from seed. Trees are prone to a number of fungal, bacterial and pest problems, which can be controlled by a number of organic and non-organic means.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apple

    ap′l, n. the fruit of the apple-tree.—ns. Ap′ple-blight, the rotting substances found on apple-trees, caused by the Apple-aphis (see Aphis); Ap′ple-John (Shak.) a variety of apple considered to be in perfection when shrivelled and withered—also John′-ap′ple; Ap′ple-pie, a pie made with apples; Ap′ple-wife, Ap′ple-wom′an, a woman who sells apples at a stall.—Apple of discord, any cause of envy and contention, from the golden apple inscribed 'for the fairest,' thrown by Eris, goddess of discord, into the assembly of the gods, and claimed by Aphrodite (Venus), Pallas (Minerva), and Hera (Juno). The dispute being referred to Paris of Troy, he decided in favour of Aphrodite, to the undying and fatal wrath of Hera against his city; Apple of Sodom, or Dead Sea fruit, described by Josephus as fair to look upon, but turning, when touched, into ashes: any fair but disappointing thing; Apple of the eye, the eyeball: something especially dear; Apple-pie order, complete order. [A.S. æppel; cf. Ger. apfel, Ice. epli, Ir. abhal, W. afal.]

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British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'apple' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3780

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2707

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apple' in Nouns Frequency: #1244

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apple in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of apple in a Sentence

  1. Analyst Van Baker of Gartner:

    This is catch-up for Apple.

  2. Chief Executive Bracken Darrell:

    I'm optimistic about Apple.

  3. Oracle Corp:

    Apple and Microsoft did it.

  4. Euan Ashley:

    The data does not go to Apple.

  5. Chief Executive Tim Cook:

    2015 will be the year of Apple Pay.

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