application program

or applications program


noun

Computers. a program used for a particular application (opposed to system program).

Nearby words

  1. appliance garage,
  2. applicability,
  3. applicable,
  4. applicant,
  5. application,
  6. applications package,
  7. applicative,
  8. applicator,
  9. applicatory,
  10. applied

Also called application software, applications software.

Related formsapplication programmer, nounapplication programming, noun

application

[ ap-li-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌæp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of application

1375–1425; late Middle English applicacio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin applicātiōn- (stem of applicātiō), equivalent to applicāt(us) applied (past participle of applicāre to apply) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for application software

application

/ (ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

application program

noun

a computer program that is written and designed for a specific need or purpose
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Word Origin and History for application software

application

n.

early 15c., "the bringing of something to bear on something else," from Old French aplicacion (14c.), from Latin applicationem (nominative applicatio) "a joining to, an attaching oneself to," noun of action from past participle stem of applicare (see apply). Meaning "sincere hard effort" is from c.1600. Meaning "a formal request to be hired for a job or paid position" is by 1851.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for application software

application

[ ăp′lĭ-kāshən ]

A computer program with an interface, enabling people to use the computer as a tool to accomplish a specific task. Word processing, spreadsheet, and communications software are all examples of applications.
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