Share this entry
applicator Line breaks: ap¦pli|ca¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈaplɪkeɪtə/

Definition of applicator in English:


A device used for inserting something or for applying a substance to a surface: an eyeshadow applicator fertilizer and herbicide applicators
More 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.


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

Definition of applicator in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources