application meaning

[ ˌæpli'keiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "application" in a sentence
  • Noun: application  `apli'keyshun
    1. 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 
    2. A verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school
      "December 31 is the deadline for applications" 
    3. The work of applying something
      "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"
      - coating, covering 
    4. 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 
    5. Liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
      - lotion 
    6. A diligent effort
      "it is a job requiring serious application"
      - diligence 
    7. 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"

    Derived forms: applications

    See also: apply

    Type of: action, computer program, computer programme [Brit], curative, cure, effort, elbow grease, employment, exercise, exertion, manual labor [US], manual labour [Brit, Cdn], petition, postulation, program, programme [Brit, Cdn], remedy, request, sweat, therapeutic, travail, usage, use, utilisation [Brit], utilization

    Encyclopedia: Application

  • [Business]


    1 [C,U]

    a formal written request for sth, such as a job or permission to do sth:

    I am pleased to tell you that your application for the post has been successful.

    All planning applications should be submitted to the local council.

    an application to buy a stake in the company

    ❖ to file/make/send in/submit an application

    ◆ to grant/reject/turn down an application

    ◆ to consider/examine/process an application


    3 [U,C]

    the practical use of sth, especially a theory, discovery, etc:

    The new invention would have wide application in industry.

    a wide range of applications

    4 [U]

    the act of making a rule, etc. operate or become active:

    strict application of the law

    5 (also application program) (also app, informal) [C] (IT )

    a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software:

    You can run several applications at the same time.

    software applications for the travel industry


  • [Defence]
    1. The system or problem to which a computer is applied.
    Reference is often made to an application as being either of the computational type (arithmetic computations predominate) or of the data processing type (data handling operations predominate).
    2. In the intelligence context, the direct extraction and tailoring of information from an existing foundation of intelligence and near real time reporting.
    It is focused on and meets specific, narrow requirements, normally on demand.
    (JP 2-0)

  • [Electronics]
    A task or job for which an electronic device or system is used. It especially pertains to personal-computer software that has practical usefulness.

  • [Law]
    The act of making a request for something; the paper on which the request is written is also called an application; as, an application to chancery for leave to invest trust funds; an application to an insurance company for insurance. In the land law of Pennsylvania, an application is understood to be a request in writing to have a certain quantity of land at or near a certain place therein mentioned.

    An application for insurance ought to state the facts truly as to the object to be insured, for if any false representation be made with a fraudulent intent, it will avoid the policy.

    By application is also meant the use or disposition of a thing; as the application of purchase money.

    In some cases a purchaser who buys trust property is required, to see to the application of thee purchase money, and if be neglects to do so, and it be misapplied, he will be considered as a trustee of the property he has so purchased. The subject will be examined by considering, 1, the kind of property to be sold; 2, the cases where the purchaser is bound to see to the application of the purchase money in consequence of the wording of the deed of trust.

    Personal property is liable, in the hands of the executor, for the payment of debts, and the purchaser is therefore exempted from seeing to the application of the purchase money, although it may have been bequeathed to be sold for the payment of debts.

    With regard to real estate, which is not a fund at law for the payment of debt's, except where it is made so by act of assembly, or by direction in the will of the testator or deed of trust, the purchaser from an executor or trustee may be liable for the application of the purchase money. And it will now be proper to consider the cases where such liability exists.

    Upon the sale of real estate, a trustee in whom the legal title is vested, can it law give a valid discharge for the purchase money, because he is the owner at law. In equity, on the contrary, the persons among whom the produce of the sale is to be distributed are considered the owners; and a purchaser must obtain a discharge from them, unless the power of giving receipts is either expressly or by implication given to t-he trustees to, give receipts for the purchase money. It is, for this reason, usual to provide in wills and trust deeds that the purchaser shall not be required to see to the application of the purchase money.


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  1. he shows very little application to his study ...
  2. applications must be made out in triplicate.
  3. its applications are too varied to enumerate.
  4. applications flooded into the office.
  5. applications must be in by 30 april.

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