Meaning of APPLICATION in English

I. ˌapləˈkāshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English applicacioun, from Medieval Latin application-, applicatio, from Latin, inclination, from applicatus (past participle of applicare to attach) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at apply

1. : the act of applying:

a. : the bringing to bear (as of one general statement upon another) by way of elucidation

the application of a theory to a case

b. : employment as a means : specific use

the application of certain new techniques

c. : the act of laying on or of bringing into contact

the application of a dressing to the wound

d. : the act of fixing one's mind closely or attentively : assiduous attention

learn by intense application

2. in astrology : approach (as of one planet to another)

3. : appeal , request , petition

an application for a position

an application to an underwriter for insurance

4. : something applied or used in applying: as


(1) : the part of a discourse in which principles stated previously are applied to practical uses

(2) : the moral lesson or inference to be derived from a moral tale ; especially : the explicit formulation of this often given at the end of the tale

b. : something applied to the body locally as a remedial device (as a tourniquet, ointment, or poultice)

5. : capacity of being practically applied or used : relevancy

words of varied application

6. : the denotation of a term in logic

II. noun

: a program (as a word processor or a spreadsheet) that performs one of the important tasks for which a computer is used

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