the usually round, red or yellow, edible fruit of a small tree, Malus sylvestris, of the rose family.
the tree, cultivated in most temperate regions.
the fruit of any of certain other species of tree of the same genus.
any of these trees.
Informal. anything resembling an apple in size and shape, as a ball, especially a baseball.
Bowling. an ineffectively bowled ball.
Slang. a red capsule containing a barbiturate, especially secobarbital.
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How to use apple in a sentence
In that sense, comparing 2000 to 2020 isn’t “apples to apples,” he says.3 ways tech stocks resemble the 2000 bubble—and one way they don’t | Anne Sraders | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
Many flowers, from apples to zinnias, sport both male and female parts.‘Vampire’ parasite challenges the definition of a plant | Susan Milius | September 16, 2020 | Science News For Students
This scrub also boasts a string of household ingredients such as pink Himalayan sea salt and apple cider vinegar to remove even the most stubborn dry patches.Scalp scrubs that banish scaly patches and build-up | PopSci Commerce Team | September 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
While the farm does sell some apples to wholesale distributors, Mofenson says, “Agritourism is really our primary focus.”
The worst thing that can happen to them is to serve with a bad apple.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 31, 2020 | Ozy
Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”
apple customers, on the other hand, are used to paying premium for perceived quality.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The process of co-opting black music and selling it back to the adoring public in whiteface is as American as apple pie.
Companies like Delta, apple, and Nike flex their political muscle on behalf of gay rights.
apple, PetSmart, Wells Fargo, Marriott, and Delta also spoke out.
This gives to the second volume something of the smell of an apple store-room.
Twenty acres of apple trees all in a orchard together, and twenty acres of strawberries set out betwixt and between the rows!The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
All this while Squinty was chewing on the apple which he had picked up from the ground after he had jumped over the rope.
And it did not take Squinty long to learn to jump the rope when there was no apple on the other side.
Then Squinty would toss the apple up in the air, off his nose, and catch it as it came down.
British Dictionary definitions for apple
a rosaceous tree, Malus sieversii, native to Central Asia but widely cultivated in temperate regions in many varieties, having pink or white fragrant flowers and firm rounded edible fruits: See also crab apple
the fruit of this tree, having red, yellow, or green skin and crisp whitish flesh
the wood of this tree
apple of one's eye a person or thing that is very precious or much loved
bad apple or rotten apple a person with a corrupting influence
- See also apples
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with apple
In addition to the idioms beginning with apple
- apple a day
- apple of one's eye
- apple polisher
- apples and oranges
- polish the apple
- rotten apple
- upset the applecart
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.