An application is a request for a job, assistance or admission to a school. Colleges might want you to submit your application by Dec. 1, but they won't let you know if you've been accepted until sometime in April.

An application is also a form you fill out for something. If you need a handicapped parking permit, you and your doctor must first fill out an application and then submit it in the town hall. An application is also a computer program designed to perform a task or solve a problem. If you didn't get enough sleep last night, the careful application of makeup can mask the dark circles under your eyes.

Primary Meanings of application

the action of putting something into operation
liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school
a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task
Full Definitions of application

n the action of putting something into operation

“the application of maximum thrust”
“massage has far-reaching medical applications
“the application of indexes to tables of data”
Type of:
something done (usually as opposed to something said)

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”
practical application
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wrong use or application
engineering, technology
the practical application of science to commerce or industry
aeronautical engineering
the activity of designing and constructing aircraft
automotive engineering, automotive technology
the activity of designing and constructing automobiles
chemical engineering
the activity of applying chemistry to the solution of practical problems
communications technology
the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
computer technology
the activity of designing and constructing and programming computers
high tech, high technology
highly advanced technological development (especially in electronics)
rail technology, railroading
the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
Type of:
employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization
the act of using

n a diligent effort

“it is a job requiring serious application
Type of:
effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
use of physical or mental energy; hard work

n liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin

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black lotion, blackwash
a mixture of calomel and limewater that is used on syphilitic sores
calamine lotion
a lotion consisting of a liquid preparation containing calamine; used to treat itching or mild skin irritations
collyrium, eye-lotion, eyewash
lotion consisting of a solution used as a cleanser for the eyes
embrocation, liniment
a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
a lotion containing menthol which gives it the smell of mint
rubbing alcohol
lotion consisting of a poisonous solution of isopropyl alcohol or denatured ethanol alcohol for external use
witch hazel, wych hazel
lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant
Type of:
curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

n the work of applying something

“the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine”
“a complete bleach requires several applications
coating, covering
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anointing, anointment
the act of applying oil or an oily liquid
the application of a gas or smoke to something for the purpose of disinfecting it
the work of coating glass with metal foil
galvanisation, galvanization
either the work of covering with metal by the use of a galvanic current or the coating of iron with zinc to protect it from rusting
an application of a lubricant to something
pavage, paving
the act of applying paving materials to an area
the act of applying paint to a surface
the application of a liquid in the form of small particles ejected from a sprayer
tin-plating, tinning
the application of a protective layer of tin
the application of a thin layer of soft solder to the ends of wires before soldering them
paperhanging, papering
the application of wallpaper
daubing, plastering
the application of plaster
the application of a thin coat of metal (as by electrolysis)
the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture
the application of tiles to cover a surface
the application of wax to a surface
facing, lining
providing something with a surface of a different material
spray painting
applying paint with a sprayer
spatter, spattering, splash, splashing, splattering
the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
painting by using the fingers to spread the paint
pargeting, pargetting
ornamental plastering
lining a surface or bearing with Babbitt metal
inunction, unction
anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
Type of:
manual labor, manual labour
labor done with the hands

n a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school

“December 31 is the deadline for applications
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job application
an application for a job
credit application
an application for a line of credit
loan application
an application to borrow money
patent application
an application for sole rights to an invention
mortgage application
an application for a mortgage loan
Type of:
petition, postulation, request
a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

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
application program, applications programme
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Internet Explorer
a commercial browser
a freeware browser for Linux
a text browser
a freeware browser
a commercial browser
a commercial browser
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active application
an application that is currently running and in the foreground
a Java application; an application program that uses the client's web browser to provide a user interface
an application that divides the user's display into two or more windows that can be scrolled independently
browser, web browser
a program used to view HTML documents
natural language processing application, natural language processor
an application program that deals with natural language text
(computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
word processing system, word processor
an application that provides the user with tools needed to write and edit and format text and to send it to a printer
editor, editor program
(computer science) a program designed to perform such editorial functions as rearrangement or modification or deletion of data
(computer science) a natural language processing application that tries to determine the intended meaning of a word or phrase by examining the linguistic context in which it is used
linkage editor
an editor program that creates one module from several by resolving cross-references among the modules
text editor
(computer science) an application that can be used to create and view and edit text files
Type of:
computer program, computer programme, program, programme
(computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute

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