Definitions for: Application

[n] a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious application"
[n] the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for a coating of paint";
[n] the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose; "he advocated the application of statistics to the problem"; "a novel application of electronics to medical diagnosis"
[n] liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin; "a lotion for dry skin"
[n] a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school; "December 31 is the deadline for applications"
[n] a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task; "he has tried several different word processing applications"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ap`pli*ca"tion, n. [L. applicatio, fr. applicare:
cf. F. application. See Apply.]
1. The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as,
the application of emollients to a diseased limb.

2. The thing applied.

He invented a new application by which blood might
be stanched. --Johnson.

3. The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to
accomplish an end; specific use.

If a right course . . . be taken with children,
there will not be much need of the application of
the common rewards and punishments. --Locke.

4. The act of directing or referring something to a
particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or
disagreement, fitness, or correspondence; as, I make the
remark, and leave you to make the application; the
application of a theory.

5. Hence, in specific uses:
(a) 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.
(b) The use of the principles of one science for the
purpose of enlarging or perfecting another; as, the
application of algebra to geometry.

6. The capacity of being practically applied or used;
relevancy; as, a rule of general application.

7. The act of fixing the mind or closely applying one's self;
assiduous effort; close attention; as, to injure the
health by application to study.

Had his application been equal to his talents, his
progress might have been greater. --J. Jay.

8. The act of making request of soliciting; as, an
application for an office; he made application to a court
of chancery.

9. A request; a document containing a request; as, his
application was placed on file.

Synonyms: application program, applications programme, coating, covering, diligence, lotion, practical application

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