[n] a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious application"
[n] the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for a coating of paint";
[n] the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose; "he advocated the application of statistics to the problem"; "a novel application of electronics to medical diagnosis"
[n] liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin; "a lotion for dry skin"
[n] a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school; "December 31 is the deadline for applications"
[n] a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task; "he has tried several different word processing applications"