• WordNet 3.6
    • v apply ask (for something) "He applied for a leave of absence","She applied for college","apply for a job"
    • v apply refer (a word or name) to a person or thing "He applied this racial slur to me!"
    • v apply put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose "use your head!","we only use Spanish at home","I can't use this tool","Apply a magnetic field here","This thinking was applied to many projects","How do you utilize this tool?","I apply this rule to get good results","use the plastic bags to store the food","He doesn't know how to use a computer"
    • v apply apply to a surface "She applied paint to the back of the house","Put on make-up!"
    • v apply give or convey physically "She gave him First Aid","I gave him a punch in the nose"
    • v apply ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone"
    • v apply avail oneself to "apply a principle","practice a religion","use care when going down the stairs","use your common sense","practice non-violent resistance"
    • v apply apply oneself to "Please apply yourself to your homework"
    • v apply be pertinent or relevant or applicable "The same laws apply to you!","This theory holds for all irrational numbers","The same rules go for everyone"
    • v apply be applicable to; as to an analysis "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Crack Cocaine' is still cocaine. It is simply a different chemical process applied to cocaine powder that allows cocaine to be smokeable. This means that the 'high' from Crack Cocaine is much stronger and more immediate (taking about 8 seconds to reach the brain); and also shorter lived then from the powder.
    • Apply To apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely (to).
    • Apply To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively. "I applied myself to him for help."
    • Apply To busy; to keep at work; to ply. "She was skillful in applying his “humors.”"
    • Apply To direct or address. "Sacred vows . . . applied to grisly Pluto."
    • Apply To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline. "Apply thine heart unto instruction."
    • Apply 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 ."
    • Apply To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain something; to make application. (to); to solicit; as, to apply to a friend for information.
    • Apply To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person. "Yet God at last
      To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied ."
    • Apply To ply; to move. "I heard the sound of an oar applying swiftly through the water."
    • Apply 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.
    • Apply To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case.
    • Apply To visit. "And he applied each place so fast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Flavored coffees are created after the roasting process by applying flavored oils specially created to use on coffee beans.
    • apply To lay on; bring into physical proximity or contact: as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body; to apply a match to powder.
    • apply To bring into contact with particulars or with a particular case, as a principle, law, or rule; bring to bear upon; put into practical operation.
    • apply To use or employ for a particular case, or devote to a particular purpose: as, to apply a sum of money to the payment of a debt.
    • apply To connect or associate with, or refer to, some person or thing as applicable or pertinent; use as suitable or relative to some person or thing: as, to apply the testimony to the case.
    • apply To attribute; refer; ascribe.
    • apply To give with earnestness or assiduity; employ with attention; devote: as, “apply thine heart unto instruction,” Prov. xxiii. 12.
    • apply To address or direct.
    • apply To be busy about; devote one's self with diligent vigor to; ply (which see).
    • apply To bend (the mind); reflexively, to comply; conform; be subservient to.
    • apply To visit.
    • apply Synonyms To place (on). To appropriate (to). To turn, bend, direct. Addict, Devote, Apply. See addict.
    • apply To be in close contiguity.
    • apply To have application; be applicable; have some connection, agreement, analogy, or reference: as, this argument applies well to the case; the remarks were not meant to apply to you.
    • apply To make application or request; ask; have recourse with a view to gain something: as, to apply for an office, information, etc.
    • apply To give attention; turn the mind.
    • apply In astrology, of a heavenly body, to approach to the conjunction or aspect of another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Illinois it is illegal for barbers to use their fingers to apply shaving cream to a customer's face.
    • v.t Apply ap-plī′ to lay or put to: to administer a remedy: to bring a general law to bear on particular circumstances:
    • v.i Apply to suit or agree: to have recourse to: to make request:
    • adj Apply and n. Ap′plicatory, having the property of applying
    • v.t Apply ap-plī′ (obs.) to ascribe: to employ: to fix the mind on: to bring (a ship) to land
    • v.i Apply (Milton) to assign or impute blame to:—pr.p. apply′ing; pa.p. applīed′
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  • Thomas A. Edison
    “The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
  • Demosthenes
    “No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.”
  • Bible
    “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare, to join, fix, or attach to; ad, + plicare, to fold, to twist together. See Applicant Ply


In literature:

About the earliest applied work of which we have record were the armorial bearings of the Crusaders.
"Quilts" by Marie D. Webster
Then fill the hole with soil, and apply three or four inches of coarse manure from the barnyard to serve as a mulch.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
She knew who was meant when that name was applied to her.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
It should be so applied as not to give a general chill, as such shocks are always hurtful.
"An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art" by B. L. Hill
He applied for a vacant office in the India House.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
A word applied to steep, broken, or craggy cliffs and headlands, especially such as are bold-to and precipitous.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He must apply himself to some problem, or problems, and through them develop his own personality.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
Apply over night, and wash in the morning with tepid water.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
If you neglect this you will apply yourself to those which follow with very little profit.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
The term file applies also to a single man in a single-rank formation.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

Sweet was the time when first I felt
The Saviour's pard'ning blood
Applied, to cleanse my soul from guilt,
And bring me home to God.
"Oh That I Were As In Months Past!" by John Newton
"I rue it! . . . His guileless forerunners,
Whose brains I could blandish,
To measure the deeps of my mysteries
Applied them in vain.
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Law-terrors pain the putrid sore;
And gospel-grace applies the cure:
The one plows up the fallow-ground:
The other sows the seed around.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Should half our couples, where's the wonder,
Apply the rope to part asunder!
Thus we at matrimony flout,
Yet hang to get in, and get out.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
Break through the clouds, dear Lord, and shine!
Let us perceive thee nigh!
And to each mourning child of thine
These gracious words apply.
"Love-Tokens" by John Newton
The gospel-treasurer's something more
Than means that do apply the store:
Believing is the method pav'd,
The gospel is the thing believ'd.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

AVM Industries is committed to providing Decks Coatings, Membrane, Retaining Wall, Fluid Applied Waterproofing high quality, easy to install waterproofing products.
With luck, both actions would have encouraged like-minded property developers and shop-owners to remember that council bylaws apply to everyone, not just the other bloke.
Trigg County Attorney Randall Braboy read an ordinance that would have allowed Trigg County Hospital to apply for a $7 million loan for its proposed surgical expansion wing.
Media and guests listened to speakers during the grand opening of the Center for Applied Energy Research in Lexington, Ky.
If you've got any ill-conceived drummer jokes, you can rest assured that they don't apply to Cale Parks.
Josh Davy was applying the band on scrotum of bull calf .
The digital print camouflage that covers the shoulders of the jerseys matches perfectly with the digital camouflage steamboat logo that has been applied to the team's brown matte helmets.
The product can be cut and applied to equipment of any shape and easily conforms to curved surfaces.
You don't have to be Einstein to apply this success theory to your business.
Starting in 2001, he also would tie it to the inflation rate, meaning that the tax would apply only to profits that did not stem from inflation.
The first carbides , developed in 1921, were extremely simple and applied mainly in turning.
Carper and other commissioners had county grant writers apply for the grants anyway, and the funding was granted.
Coal tar sealant is applied at a test site at the University of Austin in Texas, where it was studied for a year.
A fresh coat of lead-free brown paint is applied to Paris' Eiffel Tower.
The Art of Dining is inviting non-profit organizations to apply to be the beneficiary of Monday evening cocktail parties this summer.

In science:

What makes the generalization possible is the following: Suppose the spin Si in the deep interior of the Bethe lattice does not flip up as the applied field increases from h−∞ to h, then the evolution on each of the z sublattices that meet at site i is independent of each other upto the applied field h.
Random Field Ising Model
To sum up: For all I can see, my ob jection, that V is not distinguished from countless other vector fields, applies to Lewis’ proposal (and thereby: the spirit of Zimmerman’s ob jection also applies) for the case that Lewis intended it—i.e. the discs of the original RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Our next step is to apply H¨older’s inequality to separate the various summands appearing in (5.58) so that we can apply to them the lemmas of Section 5.2.2.
Intermittency in a catalytic random medium
Extreme values, regular variation, and point processes, volume 4 of Applied Probability. A Series of the Applied Probability Trust.
Limit law of the standard right factor of a random Lyndon word
In the case where ℓn → ∞ and ℓn < pn/3 log n, it can be shown (see Appendix 1) that asymptotically nothing is gained by applying the Marking Process before applying Rule k .
The Expected Size of the Rule k Dominating Set