Definition of applicator in English:


Syllabification: ap·pli·ca·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈapliˌkātər


  • 1A device used for inserting something or for applying a substance to a surface.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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