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English noun: application

1. application (act) the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose

SamplesHe advocated the application of statistics to the problem.
A novel application of electronics to medical diagnosis.

Synonymspractical application

Broader (hypernym)employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization

Narrower (hyponym)engineering, misapplication, technology

2. application (communication) a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school

SamplesDecember 31 is the deadline for applications.

Broader (hypernym)petition, postulation, request

Narrower (hyponym)credit application, job application, loan application, patent application

3. application (act) the work of applying something

SamplesThe doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine.
A complete bleach requires several applications.
The surface was ready for a coating of paint.

Synonymscoating, covering

Broader (hypernym)manual labor, manual labour

Narrower (hyponym)anointing, anointment, daubing, facing, foliation, fumigation, galvanisation, galvanization, lining, lubrication, painting, paperhanging, papering, pavage, paving, plastering, plating, scumble, spraying, tiling, tin-plating, tinning, tinning, waxing

4. application (communication) a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task

SamplesHe has tried several different word processing applications.

Synonymsapplication program, applications programme

Broader (hypernym)computer program, computer programme, program, programme

Narrower (hyponym)active application, applet, browser, editor, editor program, frame, job, natural language processing application, natural language processor, web browser, word processing system, word processor

5. application (artifact) liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin

SamplesA lotion for dry skin.


Broader (hypernym)curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic

Narrower (hyponym)black lotion, blackwash, calamine lotion, collyrium, embrocation, eye-lotion, eyewash, liniment, menthol, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, wych hazel

6. application (act) a diligent effort

SamplesIt is a job requiring serious application.


Broader (hypernym)effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail

7. application (act) the action of putting something into operation

SamplesThe application of maximum thrust.
Massage has far-reaching medical applications.
The application of indexes to tables of data.

Broader (hypernym)action

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