the act of putting to a special use or purpose: the application of common sense to a problem.
the special use or purpose to which something is put: a technology having numerous applications never thought of by its inventors.
the quality of being usable for a particular purpose or in a special way; relevance: This has no application to the case.
the act of requesting.
a written or spoken request or appeal for employment, admission, help, funds, etc.: to file an application for admission to a university.
a form to be filled out by an applicant, as for a job or a driver's license.
close attention; persistent effort: Application to one's studies is necessary.
an act or instance of spreading on, rubbing in, or bringing into contact: the application of a compress to a wound; a second application of varnish.
a salve, ointment, or the like, applied as a soothing or healing agent.
a type of job or problem that lends itself to processing or solution by computer: Inventory control is a common business application.
Also called application software, application program. a computer program used for a particular type of job or problem: Your new computer comes preloaded with applications.

1375–1425; late Middle English applicacio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin applicātiōn- (stem of applicātiō), equivalent to applicāt(us) applied (past participle of applicāre to apply) + -iōn- -ion

interapplication, noun
nonapplication, noun
overapplication, noun
preapplication, noun
reapplication, noun

1. utilization. 3. aptitude, suitability, pertinence. 4. solicitation, petition. 7. assiduity, industry, persistence, perseverance. See effort. Unabridged

application program

Computers. a program used for a particular application (opposed to system program ).
Also, applications program.
Also called application software, applications software.

application programmer, noun
application programming, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
application (ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən)
1.  the act of applying to a particular purpose or use
2.  relevance or value: the practical applications of space technology
3.  the act of asking for something: an application for leave
4.  a verbal or written request, as for a job, etc: he filed his application
5.  diligent effort or concentration: a job requiring application
6.  something, such as a healing agent or lotion, that is applied, esp to the skin
7.  logic, maths the process of determining the value of a function for a given argument
8.  application program short for applications package

application program
a computer program that is written and designed for a specific need or purpose

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Main Entry:  application software
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a computer program designed to carry out a specialized task(s) for the user, such as database management, word processing, or electronic mail
Example:  CleverKeys is one of my favorite application software programs.
Usage:  computers's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "the bringing of something to bear on something else," from O.Fr. application, from L. applicationem (nom. applicatio) "a joining to, an attaching oneself to," noun of action from applicare (see apply). Meaning "sincere hard effort" is from c.1600.
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Science Dictionary
application   (āp'lĭ-kā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
A computer program with an interface, enabling people to use the computer as a tool to accomplish a specific task. word processing, spreadsheet, and communications software are all examples of applications.
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Computing Dictionary

application software definition

application program

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
The amount of cache memory included directly on a processor can make a huge difference to the performance of application software.
Any software updates are automatically uploaded into the application software.
It is the customer's responsibility to install, configure and support the application software needed for their application.
Admittedly, at one end of the spectrum there are application software developers who have low capital costs and who are.
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