(1)   A diligent effort
"It is a job requiring serious application"
(2)   The work of applying something
"The doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"
"A complete bleach requires several applications"
"The surface was ready for a coating of paint";
(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)   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"


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  1. The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.
  2. The thing applied.
    He invented a new application by which blood might be stanched. --Johnson.
  3. The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.
    If a right course . . . be taken with children, there will not be much need of the application of the common rewards and punishments. --John Locke.
  4. The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence.
    I make the remark, and leave you to make the application.
    The application of a theory to a set of data can be challenging.
  5. A computer program or the set of software that the end user perceives as a single entity as a tool for a well-defined purpose. (Also called: application program; application software.)
    The iPhone application VR+ connects to major social networks.
  6. A verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school.
    December 31 is the deadline for MBA applications.
  7. A petition, entreaty, or other request.
    Their application for a deferral of the hearing was granted.