- an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices: the best GPS apps for your iPhone.
Origin of app1
1985–90; shortening of application
- Informal. an appetizer served before a meal.
Origin of app2
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Examples from the Web for app
In 2011 LGBT media outlet Queerty took the app to task for allegedly deleting accounts that made reference to being trans.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
Since then, the app has gained over 165,000 users in more than 70 countries, according to its founder.
I actually downloaded the app last summer and was embarrassed because none of my friends seemed to use it.
And some dresses can be totally altered from an app on your phone.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
Add to that the DISH Anywhere app, and you have instant access to the program guide and the ability to record shows on the go.Four TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Return In 2015
December 22, 2014
Ef you had a dozen lawyers I'd have to app'int him jest the same.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
The general construction of this cell is the same as that of App.
If you have a good punch, it is better to make the yoke as in App.
How long—would it take to make out that app'intment—how long?
I'll have the app'intment sent to your hotel this afternoon,' said he.
- computing informal short for application program
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Word Origin and History for app
computerese shorthand for application, attested by 1992.
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