What does application mean?

Definitions for application
ˌæp lɪˈkeɪ ʃənap·pli·ca·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word application.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. application, practical applicationnoun

    the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose

    "he advocated the application of statistics to the problem"; "a novel application of electronics to medical diagnosis"

  2. applicationnoun

    a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school

    "December 31 is the deadline for applications"

  3. application, coating, coveringnoun

    the work of applying something

    "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for a coating of paint";

  4. application, application program, applications programmenoun

    a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task

    "he has tried several different word processing applications"

  5. lotion, applicationnoun

    liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin

    "a lotion for dry skin"

  6. application, diligencenoun

    a diligent effort

    "it is a job requiring serious application"

  7. applicationnoun

    the action of putting something into operation

    "the application of maximum thrust"; "massage has far-reaching medical applications"; "the application of indexes to tables of data"


  1. applicationnoun

    The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.

  2. applicationnoun

    The thing applied.

    He invented a new application by which blood might be stanched. --Johnson.

  3. applicationnoun

    The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.

    If a right course . . . be taken with children, there will not be much need of the application of the common rewards and punishments. --John Locke.

  4. applicationnoun

    The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence.

  5. applicationnoun

    A computer program or the set of software that the end user perceives as a single entity as a tool for a well-defined purpose. (Also called: application program; application software.)

    The iPhone application VR+ connects to major social networks.

  6. applicationnoun

    A verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school.

    December 31 is the deadline for MBA applications.

  7. applicationnoun

    A petition, entreaty, or other request.

    Their application for a deferral of the hearing was granted.

  8. Etymology: Late applicacioun, from applicacion (application), from applicationem, accusative singular of applicatio, from applico.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Applicationnoun

    Etymology: from apply.

    It should seem very extraordinary, that patent should be passed, upon the application of a poor, private, obscure mechanick. Jonathan Swift.

    If a right course be taken with children, there will not be much need of the application of the common rewards and punishments. John Locke.

    I have discovered no other way to keep our thoughts close to their business, but by frequent attention and application, getting the habit of attention and application. John Locke.

    His continued application to such publick affair, as may conduce to the benefit of his kingdoms, diverts him from pleasures. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 46.

    This crime certainly deserves the utmost application and wisdom of a people to prevent it. Addison.

    There is no stint which can be set to the value or merit of the sacrificed body of Christ; it hath no measured certainty of limits, bounds of efficacy unto life it knoweth none, but is also itself infinite in possibility of application. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    This principle acts with the greatest force in the worse application; and the familiarity of wicked men more successfully debauches, than that of good men reforms. John Rogers.


  1. application

    An application, often referred to as an application program or software, is a program or set of programs designed for the end users to perform specific tasks. These tasks could range from simple functions such as playing multimedia files or browsing the Internet, to more complex tasks like accounting, data management, advanced design, scientific simulations, and more. Applications can be found on various platforms, such as desktop computers, mobile devices, or in web browsers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Applicationnoun

    the act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb

  2. Applicationnoun

    the thing applied

  3. Applicationnoun

    the act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use

  4. Applicationnoun

    the act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence; as, I make the remark, and leave you to make the application; the application of a theory

  5. Applicationnoun

    hence, in specific uses: (a) That part of a sermon or discourse in which the principles before laid down and illustrated are applied to practical uses; the "moral" of a fable. (b) The use of the principles of one science for the purpose of enlarging or perfecting another; as, the application of algebra to geometry

  6. Applicationnoun

    the capacity of being practically applied or used; relevancy; as, a rule of general application

  7. Applicationnoun

    the act of fixing the mind or closely applying one's self; assiduous effort; close attention; as, to injure the health by application to study

  8. Applicationnoun

    the act of making request of soliciting; as, an application for an office; he made application to a court of chancery

  9. Applicationnoun

    a request; a document containing a request; as, his application was placed on file

  10. Etymology: [L. applicatio, fr. applicare: cf. F. application. See Apply.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. application

    1. The system or problem to which a computer is applied. Reference is often made to an application as being either of the computational type (arithmetic computations predominate) or of the data processing type (data handling operations predominate). 2. In the intelligence context, the direct extraction and tailoring of information from an existing foundation of intelligence and near real time reporting. It is focused on and meets specific, narrow requirements, normally on demand.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. application

    A word of extensive use, for the principles of adjusting, augmenting, and perfecting the relations between sciences.

Editors Contribution

  1. application

    A type of computer software.

    The application was working so efficiently and everyone was really pleased.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

  2. application

    The act and process of to apply.

    The online application for the grant was easy and simple to complete. The online application for college was simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

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  1. Application

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'application' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1012

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'application' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1231

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'application' in Nouns Frequency: #235

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of application in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of application in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of application in a Sentence

  1. Eric Hoffer:

    They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.

  2. Christian Stracke:

    Since the crisis in 2008–2009, we have seen a wave of improvements in bank regulation and supervision, from the application of Basel III enhanced capital and liquidity requirements to much of the Dodd-Frank Act, robust stress testing and the move to greater transparency in bank risk disclosures.

  3. Sundar Pichai:

    The first plane flew only for 12 seconds, and so there is no practical application of that, but it showed the possibility that a plane could fly.

  4. Dallas Police Chief David Brown:

    Become a part of that solution. Serve your communities. Don't be a part of the problem. We're hiring, get off that protest line and put an application in, and we'll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you're protesting about.

  5. Mike Lanman:

    A large portion of our revenue comes through connectivity but a significant part of it comes from the application layer already.

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Translations for application

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  • تطبيقArabic
  • молба, приложмост, употреба, приложение, заявлениеBulgarian
  • aplikaceCzech
  • Anwendung, AntragGerman
  • αίτηση, χρήση, πρόγραμμα, εφαρμογήGreek
  • solicitud, aplicaciónSpanish
  • rakendus, taotlusEstonian
  • levittää, käyttö, anomus, sovellus, sivellä, menetelmä, soveltaminen, hakemusFinnish
  • application, programme, demande, candidatureFrench
  • feidhmchlárIrish
  • iarrtas, cleachdadhScottish Gaelic
  • בקשה, תכנה, יישום, אפליקציהHebrew
  • अर्ज़ीHindi
  • alkalmazás, rávitel, bevonás, kérvény, jelentkezésHungarian
  • գործադիրArmenian
  • tölvuforrit, forrit, umsóknIcelandic
  • 出願, 応募, アプリケーションJapanese
  • 응용, 애플리케이션Korean
  • taupāngaMāori
  • aplikasiMalay
  • aanvraag, softwarepakket, computerprogramma, applicatie, toepassing, aanbrengen, aanschrijvenDutch
  • program, applikasjon, søknadNorwegian
  • inscrição, aplicativo, candidatura, aplicaçãoPortuguese
  • aplicare, aplicație computerică, aplicațieRomanian
  • прошение, просьба, программа, приложение, ходатайство, заявление, применениеRussian
  • programvara, applikationSwedish
  • விண்ணப்பTamil
  • uygulamaTurkish
  • ứng dụngVietnamese
  • 应用Chinese

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