Definitions

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

  • n. Informal A computer application.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An application (program), especially a small one designed for a mobile device.

Etymologies

Short for application.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From application. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • CHARTIER At first PackRat seemed to be a strange app, because it's an * app* made for working with Backpack, a web service.

    MacUpdate - Mac OS X

  • What finally fixed it for me was to re-install the applications using the package manager, by running: cd/data/app for app in *. apk; do pm install - r $app; done

    Planet Ubuntu

  • Next, we dropped flash_session_cookie_middleware. rb in the app/middleware directory. require 'rack/utils' class FlashSessionCookieMiddleware def initialize (app, session_key = '_session_id') @app = app

    RailsTips - Home

  • At first PackRat seemed to be a strange app, because it's an * app* made for working with Backpack, a web service.

    VersionTracker: Mac OS X

  • DAVIDCHARTIER At first PackRat seemed to be a strange app, because it's an * app* made for working with Backpack, a web service.

    MacUpdate - Mac OS X

  • [body] end end class MyMiddleware def initialize (app) @app = app end def call (env) @app. call (env) end end use MyMiddleware run BasicRackApp. new

    Sun Bloggers

  • Well, strictly speaking the term app is short for the application which refers to any piece of software that works on a software system of sorts.

    Pocket-lint

  • Microsoft on Tuesday filed its latest argument with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which included the opinions of a linguistic expert who supported the software giant's argument that the term "app store" was generic and shouldn't be trademarked by Apple.

    Apple, Microsoft Hire Linguists in App Feud

  • Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. have both hired linguists to serve as experts in the tech titan's ongoing battle over whether or not the government can grant a trademark for the term "app store."

    Apple, Microsoft Hire Linguists in App Feud

  • Apple also argued that its competitors have several alternatives to using the term "app store," pointing to the fact that competitors use terms such as "marketplace" to refer to central download locations for mobile applications.

    The Circuit: Net neutrality vote delayed, Supreme Court rules in FOIA case, Apple to launch iPad 2

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  • from the Jargon File version 4.0.0 circa 1996
    "
    :app: /ap/ /n./ Short for `application program', as opposed to a systems program. Apps are what systems vendors are forever chasing developers to create for their environments so they can sell more boxes. Hackers tend not to think of the things they themselves run as apps; thus, in hacker parlance the term excludes compilers, program editors, games, and messaging systems, though a user would consider all those to be apps. (Broadly, an app is often a self-contained environment for performing some well-defined task such as `word processing'; hackers tend to prefer more general-purpose tools.) See killer app; oppose tool, operating system."

    March 13, 2014

  • Also application.

    Edit: As in killer app.

    January 21, 2008

  • appended

    January 19, 2008