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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.
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  • The truth is that sometimes applications won't present themselves for years or decades.
  • Only the grit was useful, mostly for industrial applications such as dental drills and hacksaw blades.
  • My nation has always listened to the applications of the white people.
  • And he entered into some details and applications which at that time were piquant.
  • Motorcycles careened through the throng and people snatched up the pieces of paper and read out photocopied visa applications.
  • It's perhaps creepy, but the technology could have wide applications.
  • Many of the new features will give immediate benefits to end-users, regardless of which applications they use.
  • Lackluster growth in mortgage applications despite historically low interest rates reflects the decline in housing demand.
  • It's not always intuitive how to use the pen across different applications.
  • The outlook for hiring has brightened as applications for unemployment benefits near a four-year low.
British Dictionary definitions for applications

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
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Word Origin and History for applications

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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applications 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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