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  • IPA(key): /əˈplaɪ.ɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ap‧ply‧ing
  • Rhymes: -aɪɪŋ



  1. present participle of apply


applying (usually uncountable, plural applyings)

  1. The act of applying; an application.
    • 1881, Charles Stewart Parnell, Report of the Trial of the Queen:
      The League felt that no benefit could arise from meek and gentle applyings to Parliament []
    • 2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 112-3:
      A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place. Applying a force tangential to the knob is essentially equivalent to applying one perpendicular to a radial line defining the lever.