or applications program
Computers. a program used for a particular application (opposed to system program).
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Also called application software, applications software.
Related formsapplication programmer, nounapplication programming, noun
Definition for application software (2 of 2)
[ ap-li-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌæp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
the act of putting to a special use or purpose: the application of common sense to a problem.
the special use or purpose to which something is put: a technology having numerous applications never thought of by its inventors.
the quality of being usable for a particular purpose or in a special way; relevance: This has no application to the case.
the act of requesting.
a written or spoken request or appeal for employment, admission, help, funds, etc.: to file an application for admission to a university.
a form to be filled out by an applicant, as for a job or a driver's license.
close attention; persistent effort: Application to one's studies is necessary.
an act or instance of spreading on, rubbing in, or bringing into contact: the application of a compress to a wound; a second application of varnish.
a salve, ointment, or the like, applied as a soothing or healing agent.
- a type of job or problem that lends itself to processing or solution by computer: Inventory control is a common business application.
- Also called application software, application program. a computer program used for a particular type of job or problem: Your new computer comes preloaded with applications.
Origin of application
in·ter·ap·pli·ca·tion, nounnon·ap·pli·ca·tion, nouno·ver·ap·pli·ca·tion, nounpre·ap·pli·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for application software (1 of 2)
/ (ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən) /
the act of applying to a particular purpose or use
relevance or valuethe practical applications of space technology
the act of asking for somethingan application for leave
a verbal or written request, as for a job, etche filed his application
diligent effort or concentrationa job requiring application
something, such as a healing agent or lotion, that is applied, esp to the skin
British Dictionary definitions for application software (2 of 2)
a computer program that is written and designed for a specific need or purpose
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Science definitions for application software
[ ăp′lĭ-kā′shən ]
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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