Meaning of APPLICATION in English

APPLICATION

/ ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃn; NAmE / noun

FOR JOB / COURSE

1.

[ C , U ] application (to sb) (for sth / to do sth) a formal (often written) request for sth, such as a job, permission to do sth or a place at a college or university :

a planning / passport application

His application to the court for bail has been refused.

an application for membership / a loan / a licence

an application form (= a piece of paper on which to apply for sth)

Further information is available on application to the principal.

PRACTICAL USE

2.

[ U , C ] application (of sth) (to sth) the practical use of sth, especially a theory, discovery, etc. :

the application of new technology to teaching

The invention would have wide application / a wide range of applications in industry.

OF PAINT / CREAM

3.

[ C , U ] an act of putting or spreading sth, such as paint or medical creams, onto sth else :

lotion for external application only (= to be put on the skin, not swallowed)

It took three applications of paint to cover the graffiti.

OF RULE / LAW

4.

[ U ] the act of making a rule, etc. operate or become effective :

strict application of the law

COMPUTING

5.

[ C ] ( abbr. app ) a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software :

a database application

HARD WORK

6.

[ U ] ( formal ) determination to work hard at sth; great effort :

Success as a writer demands great application.

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : via Old French from Latin applicatio(n-) , from the verb applicare fold, fasten to, from ad- to + plicare to fold.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.