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application

[ap-li-key-shuh n] /ˌæp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of putting to a special use or purpose:
the application of common sense to a problem.
2.
the special use or purpose to which something is put:
a technology having numerous applications never thought of by its inventors.
3.
the quality of being usable for a particular purpose or in a special way; relevance:
This has no application to the case.
4.
the act of requesting.
5.
a written or spoken request or appeal for employment, admission, help, funds, etc.:
to file an application for admission to a university.
6.
a form to be filled out by an applicant, as for a job or a driver's license.
7.
close attention; persistent effort:
Application to one's studies is necessary.
8.
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.
9.
a salve, ointment, or the like, applied as a soothing or healing agent.
10.
Computers.
  1. a type of job or problem that lends itself to processing or solution by computer:
    Inventory control is a common business application.
  2. 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.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
interapplication, noun
nonapplication, noun
overapplication, noun
preapplication, noun
reapplication, noun
Synonyms
1. utilization. 3. aptitude, suitability, pertinence. 4. solicitation, petition. 7. assiduity, industry, persistence, perseverance. See effort.

application program

noun
1.
Computers. a program used for a particular application (opposed to system program).
Also, applications program.
Also called application software, applications software.
Related forms
application programmer, noun
application programming, noun
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Examples from the web for application software
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for application software

application

/ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
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

application program

noun
1.
a computer program that is written and designed for a specific need or purpose
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Contemporary definitions for application software
noun

a computer program designed to carry out a specialized task(s) for the user, such as database management, word processing, or electronic mail

Examples

CleverKeys is one of my favorite application software programs.

Usage Note

computers

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Word Origin and History for application software

application

n.

early 15c., "the bringing of something to bear on something else," from Old French aplicacion (14c.), from Latin applicationem (nominative applicatio) "a joining to, an attaching oneself to," noun of action from past participle stem of applicare (see apply). Meaning "sincere hard effort" is from c.1600. Meaning "a formal request to be hired for a job or paid position" is by 1851.

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application software in Science
application
  (āp'lĭ-kā'shən)   
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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application software in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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