Definition of application in English:


Line breaks: ap¦pli|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /aplɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n


  • 3 [mass noun] The action of applying something to a surface: paints suitable for application on fabric [count noun]: a fresh application of make-up
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    • An effort should be made to apply pesticides into these areas as opposed to application onto exposed surfaces.
    • Cracks appearing on the surface are smoothed with strips of cloth, and fresh application of clay.
    • The proposed label language also applies to overhead chemigation application of pesticides.
  • 3.1A medicinal substance applied to the skin: an application to relieve muscle pain
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    • One application protects the skin for six hours, and does not need to be reapplied after swimming.
    • Keep the application on the skin for the time recommended in the instructions and remove.
    • Keep the application on the skin for the time recommended in the instructions and then wait for twenty four hours.
  • 5 (also application program) Computing A program or piece of software designed to fulfil a particular purpose: a database application
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    • Thus, a user is not required to interact with the textual source code of an application program when debugging it.
    • When the application is executed, a shared memory segment is created for an instrumentation program and the application program.
    • The remote computer runs the application program, typically in a stand-alone capacity, and accesses a system manager building block via a second communications link.



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  • The applicational thoughts are not vague, simplistic, or haphazard; they address contemporary readers with profound insights drawn from his exacting study of the probable historical milieu of this gospel.
  • Although the interpretive and applicational weaknesses of the piece are quite troubling, it is the author's suggestions for implementation that are the greatest cause for concern.
  • These headings are primarily applicational in nature, expressing principles from the passage in terms which speak to modern Christians rather than merely describing an ancient situation.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin applicatio(n-), from the verb applicare (see apply).

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