Definition of applicator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈapləˌkādər/


1A device used for inserting something or for applying a substance to a surface.
Example sentences
  • When you insert cotton-tipped applicators or tissues in your ear, the wax is just pushed deeper into the ear canal.
  • They are working on herbicide applicators and seed drills for restoration work.
  • Use a sponge applicator or brush to apply solid colour to the lid, then blend out towards the socket and brow bone with your fingers.
1.1A person who applies a substance or installs something, such as house siding.
Example sentences
  • It is highly recommended that fumigation be done by a commercial pesticide applicator who has been trained and EPA / NDA-certified in safe fumigant handling and application techniques.
  • He estimates having this information on hand saves about 15 minutes per load, which can quickly add up to three or four hours a day in saved time for each applicator.
  • David is a licensed pesticide applicator and a certified professional agronomist with the American Society of Agronomy.


Mid 17th century: from Latin applicat- 'fastened to' (from the verb applicare) + -or1.

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Syllabification: ap·pli·ca·tor

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