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applicator

[ap-li-key-ter]
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noun
  1. a simple device, as a rod, spatula, or the like, for applying medication, cosmetics, glue, or any other substance not usually touched with the fingers.
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Origin of applicator

1650–60; applicate (see applicative) + -or2
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Examples from the Web for applicator

Historical Examples

  • The ears are also carefully cleansed with a squeezed-out dip of boracic acid on the applicator.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • By touching the surface with the applicator, one can determine the depth of nail destroyed before washing off the excess sulphide.


British Dictionary definitions for applicator

applicator

noun
  1. a device, such as a spatula or rod, for applying a medicine, glue, etc
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applicator in Medicine

applicator

(ăplĭ-kā′tər)
n.
  1. An instrument for applying something, such as a medication.
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