3. The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.
If a right course . . . be taken with children, there will not be much need of the application of the common
rewards and punishments.
4. The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or
disagreement, fitness, or correspondence; as, I make the remark, and leave you to make the application; the
application of a theory.
5. Hence, in specific uses: (a) That part of a sermon or discourse in which the principles before laid
down and illustrated are applied to practical uses; the "moral" of a fable. (b) The use of the principles of
one science for the purpose of enlarging or perfecting another; as, the application of algebra to geometry.
6. The capacity of being practically applied or used; relevancy; as, a rule of general application.
7. The act of fixing the mind or closely applying one's self; assiduous effort; close attention; as, to injure
the health by application to study.
Had his application been equal to his talents, his progress might have been greater.
8. The act of making request of soliciting; as, an application for an office; he made application to a court
9. A request; a document containing a request; as, his application was placed on file.
(Ap"pli*ca*tive) a. [Cf. F. applicatif, fr. L. applicare. See Apply.] Capable of being applied
or used; applying; applicatory; practical. Bramhall. Ap"pli*ca*tive*ly, adv.
(Ap"pli*ca*to*ri*ly) adv. By way of application.
(Ap"pli*ca*to*ry), a. Having the property of applying; applicative; practical. n. That which
(Ap*pli"ed*ly) adv. By application. [R.]
(Ap*pli"er) n. He who, or that which, applies.
(Ap*pli"ment) n. Application. [Obs.] Marston
(||Ap`pli`qué") a. [F., fr. appliquer to put on.] Ornamented with a pattern (which has been cut
out of another color or stuff) applied or transferred to a foundation; as, appliqué lace; appliqué work.
(Ap*plot") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Applotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Applotting.] [Pref. ad- + plot.] To
divide into plots or parts; to apportion. Milton.
(Ap*plot"ment) n. Apportionment.
(Ap*ply") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Applied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Applying.] [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr.
L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]
1. To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another); with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to
apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.
He said, and the sword his throat applied.
2. To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as,
to apply money to the payment of a debt.