What does application mean?

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

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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.

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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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. John Gore:

    I do not think we need to tell men `if you don’t use it, you lose it,’ if lower ejaculation frequency prompts a man to schedule a visit with a primary care provider or specialist, and that visit serves to examine and promote preventive care and wellness, then that would be a successful application of the results of this study.

  2. Lee Rainie:

    People are sort of nuanced and somewhat discriminating in their views. They don't just have blanket judgments that they make about AI or human enhancement, they're really judging each application on its own terms.

  3. Anna Valencia:

    Chicago Alderman Nick Sposato told Fox News this past summer. Chicago’s city clerk, Anna Valencia, says that there will be a strong four-point application process that a person must navigate in order to get an ID, and that the cards come with hidden security features. The city says it is preparing to release the types of documentation it will accept from an applicant to prove identity. I ca n’t go into all the details of what is the security features because we want to keep that private so no one duplicates these, but we feel very confident in our security features for the card.

  4. Kyle Mullica:

    As a first-generation college student raised by a single mom, I can remember the anxiety I felt filling out the college application when they asked if I had family that had attended the institution.

  5. Barbara Mintzes:

    Doctors who are considering prescribing a drug for a specific use would likely reconsider if they knew the FDA had rejected an application for marketing for that specific use, medicines are important treatments but they are capable of causing harm as well as benefit, and harmful drug reactions are a leading cause of death and hospitalizations.

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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, aplicação, candidaturaPortuguese
  • aplicare, aplicație computerică, aplicațieRomanian
  • ходатайство, приложение, заявление, прошение, программа, применение, просьбаRussian
  • applikation, programvaraSwedish
  • விண்ணப்பTamil
  • uygulamaTurkish
  • 应用Chinese

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