Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the action of putting something into operation
    massage has far-reaching medical applications
    the application of indexes to tables of data
  2. (noun, act) a diligent effort
  3. (noun, act) the work of applying something
    a complete bleach requires several applications
    the surface was ready for a coating of paint
  4. (noun, act) the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose
    a novel application of electronics to medical diagnosis
  5. (noun, artifact) liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
  6. (noun, communication) a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school
  7. (noun, communication) a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task

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Origin of the word Application

  1. late 15c., "the bringing of something to bear on something else," from O.Fr. application, from L. applicationem (nom. applicatio) "a joining to, an attaching oneself to," noun of action from applicare (see apply). Meaning "sincere hard effort" is from c.1600. more

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Words that sound like Application

ablactation, affliction

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