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Late Middle English applicacioun, from Old French aplicacion (French application), from Latin applicātiōnem, accusative singular of applicātiō (attachment; application, inclination), from applicō (join to, attach; apply).



application (plural applications)

  1. The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.
  2. The thing applied.
    • He invented a new application by which blood might be stanched. --Johnson.
  3. The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.
    • If a right course . . . be taken with children, there will not be much need of the application of the common rewards and punishments. --John Locke.
  4. The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence.
    I make the remark, and leave you to make the application.
    The application of a theory to a set of data can be challenging.
  5. (computing) A computer program or the set of software that the end user perceives as a single entity as a tool for a well-defined purpose. (Also called: application program; application software.)
    The iPhone application VR+ connects to major social networks.
  6. A verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school.
    December 31 is the deadline for MBA applications.
  7. (bureaucracy, law) A petition, entreaty, or other request.
    Their application for a deferral of the hearing was granted.




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  • WordNet 3.0 [1].



Borrowed from Latin applicatio.



application f

  1. application
  2. (mathematics) mapping

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