Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of applying.
  • n. Something applied, such as a cosmetic or curative agent.
  • n. The act of putting something to a special use or purpose: an application of a new method.
  • n. A specific use to which something is put: the application of science to industry.
  • n. The capacity of being usable; relevance: Geometry has practical application in aviation and navigation.
  • n. Close attention; diligence: shows application to her work.
  • n. A request, as for assistance, employment, or admission to a school.
  • n. The form or document on which such a request is made.
  • n. Computer Science A computer program with a user interface.
  • adj. Computer Science Of or being a computer program designed for a specific task or use: applications software for a missile guidance system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.
  • n. The thing applied.
  • n. The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.
  • n. The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence.
  • n. 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.)
  • n. A verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school.
  • n. A petition, entreaty, or other request.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense.
  • n. The thing applied.
  • n. The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.
  • n. The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence
  • n.
  • n. That part of a sermon or discourse in which the principles before laid down and illustrated are applied to practical uses; the “moral” of a fable.
  • n. The use of the principles of one science for the purpose of enlarging or perfecting another.
  • n. The capacity of being practically applied or used; relevancy.
  • n. The act of fixing the mind or closely applying one's self; assiduous effort; close attention.
  • n. The act of making request of soliciting
  • n. A request; a document containing a request.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of applying or putting to; the act of laying on: as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.
  • n. The thing or remedy applied: as, the pain was abated by the application.
  • n. The act of making request or of soliciting; the request so made: as, he made application to the Court of Chancery.
  • n. The act of putting to a special use or purpose; adaptation to a specific end.
  • n. The act of fixing the mind on something; close attention; devotion, as to a pursuit; assiduous effort.
  • n. The act of applying a general principle, law, or theory to a particular case; the demonstration of the relation of a general principle to an actual state of things; the testing of something theoretical by applying it in practice.
  • n. In law, appropriation; the act of allotting among several debts a payment inadequate to satisfy all. See appropriation, 4 .
  • n. In astrology, the approach of a planet to any aspect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the work of applying something
  • n. the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose
  • n. the action of putting something into operation
  • n. a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task
  • n. a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school
  • n. a diligent effort
  • n. liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin

Etymologies

Middle English applicacion, from Old French, from Latin applicātiō, applicātiōn-, from applicātus, past participle of applicāre, to affix; see apply.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Middle English applicacioun, from Old French applicacion (French application), from Latin applicātiōnem, accusative singular of applicātiō ("attachment; application, inclination"), from applicō ("join to, attach; apply"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I can't honestly say how useful this application is as I don't own an iPhone, but it sounds like a good idea.

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  • It turns out that tucked within the Opera application is a directory called “unite” (on the Mac you can find it at Opera. app: Contents: Resources: unite) which contains a bunch of files with the .us extension (presumably for “Unite Service”).

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