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Definitions of application

  1. 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"
  2. a diligent effort; " it is a job requiring serious application"
  3. 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"
  4. liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin; " a lotion for dry skin"
  5. a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school; " December 31 is the deadline for applications"
  6. The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.
  7. The thing applied.
  8. The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The capacity of being practically applied or used; relevancy; as, a rule of general application.
  12. 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.
  13. The act of making request of soliciting; as, an application for an office; he made application to a court of chancery.
  14. A request; a document containing a request; as, his application was placed on file.
  15. The act of putting on; as, the pain was lessened by the application of heat; the thing put on; the practical demonstration of a principle; a request; close attention.
  16. The act of applying: the thing applied, close thought or attention: request: solicitation.
  17. The act of applying; something applied; close study or attention.
  18. That which is applied; a remedy.
  19. A request.
  20. Close and continuous attention.
  21. The act of applying; the thing applied; request, or petition; the employment of means; close attention.
  22. The act of applying; close study; great attention to, as to business; entreaty; employment of means.
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Usage examples for application

  1. How can we tell whether success or failure shall be the fruit of a practical application of the principles upon which our institutions rest, unless we put them to a fair test? – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  2. Except in a very limited class of cases, the decision of this court is final, unless the Supreme Court, on special application, should think the questions involved to be of sufficient importance to require a review, when it can order the record sent up to Washington for that purpose. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
  3. Charlie don't know I've made application for his admission, and has been asking me to let him go. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  4. Fremont brought water and used it freely, but its application did not produce any immediate effect. – Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam by G. Harvey Ralphson
  5. The application was sent and approval given. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  6. I found the application: it was written by me. – The Story of a Mine by Bret Harte
  7. Do you mean that they've thrown out your earlier application for just such a grant? – Then I'll Come Back to You by Larry Evans
  8. It's the most wonderful thing I ever saw, and you are a wonderful fellow to have carried out such an unique application of science. – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  9. We say to you that you have made too limited in its application the definition of a business man. – Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 by Charles A. Beard
  10. " Perhaps somebody else will advance the money," said Frank, feeling a little discouraged at the result of his first application. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  11. The door was locked, and an application of the housekeeper's key proved that the tenant's key had been left in the lock inside. – Martin Hewitt, Investigator by Arthur Morrison
  12. His apprentices did as much work as before, and it was done without the application of the whip. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  13. This year Dr. Winthrop has completed his preparations for leaving the city after more than twenty years close application to his profession. – Stories and Sketches by Harriet S. Caswell
  14. If that application comes up to- morrow morning, with the Council chamber jammed with folks from the south end of the town- good- a- by, John! – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
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