Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AP'PLI-CA-BLY – AP-PORT'ER
In such a manner that it may be applied.
The state of being applicable.
One who applies; one who makes request; a petitioner. The applicant for a cup of water declares himself to be the Messias. – Plumtree. The court require the applicant to appear in person. – Z. Swift.
A right line drawn across a curve, so as to be bisected by the diameter; an ordinate. – Cyc.
A right line at right angles applied to the axis of any conic section, and bounded by the curve. – Bailey.
AP-PLI-CA'TION, n. [L. applicatio. See Apply.]
- The act of laying on; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.
- The thing applied; as, the pain was abated by the application.
- The act of making request or soliciting; as, he made application to a court of chancery.
- The act of applying as means; the employment of means; as, children may be governed by a suitable application of rewards and punishments. This is the first signification directed to moral objects.
- The act of fixing the mind; intenseness of thought; close study; attention; as, to injure the health by application to study. Had his application been equal to his talents, his progress might have been greater. – J. Jay.
- The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate the agreement or disagreement; as, I make the remark and leave you to make the application.
- In theology, the act by which the merits of Christ are transferred to man, for his justification.
- In geometry, a division for applying one quantity to another, whose areas, but not figures, shall be the same; or the transferring a given line into a circle or other figure, so that its ends shall be in the perimeter of the figure. – Encyc.
- In sermons, that part of the discourse, in which the principles before laid down and illustrated, are applied to practical uses.
That includes the act of applying. – Edwards's Hist. of Redemption.
That which applies. – Taylor.
Put on; put to; directed; employed.
In a manner which may be applied. [Not in use.] – Montagu.
One that applies.
Application. [Not in use.] Marston.
- To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case.
- To make request; to solicit; to have recourse, with a view to gain something; as, to apply to the President for an office; I applied to a friend for information.
AP-PLY', v.t. [L. applico, of ad and plico, to fold or knit together; Fr. appliquer; Sp, aplicar; It. applicare; W. plegy, to bend or fold; Arm. plega, to fold or plait; pleca, a fold; Gr. πλεκω, to knit, or twist; Sax. plegan, plegian, pleggan, to play, to bend to or apply, incumbere; Dan. fliig, a fold; D. plooi, a fold; ploojen, to plait; Eng. ply, display, and employ. The word plegy, plico is formed from the root of lay, Sax. lecgan. The sense then is to lay to; and it is worthy of remark, that we use lay to in the precise sense of ply and apply. It is certain from the Welsh that the first consonant is a prefix.]
- To lay on; to put one thing to another; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.
- To use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; as, to apply a sum of money to the payment of a debt.
- To put, refer or use, as suitable or relative to something; as, to apply the testimony to the case.
- To fix the mind; to engage and employ with attention; as, “Apply thy heart to instruction.” – Proverbs.
- To address or direct; as, “Sacred vows applied to Pluto.” Pope.
- To betake; to give the chief part of time and attention; as, to apply one's self to the study of botany. This is essentially the fourth sense.
- To make application; to have recourse by request; as, to apply one's self to a counselor for advice. This is generally used intransitively; as, to apply to a counselor.
- To busy; to keep at work; to ply. [Obs.] – Sidney. Spenser. [Superseded by ply, which see.]
Laying on; making application.
AP-POG-GI-A-TU'RA, n. [It.]
A small note in music, between other notes, directing an easy movement.
AP-POINT', v.t. [Fr. appointer, to refer, to give an allowance; Sp. apuntar, to point or aim, to sharpen, to fasten as with points or nails; It. appuntare, to fix, appoint or sharpen. See Point.]
- To fix; to settle; to establish; to make fast. When he appointed the foundations of the earth. Prov. viii.
- To constitute, ordain, or fix by decree, order or decision. Let Pharaoh appoint officers over the land. Gen. xli. He hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world. Acts xvii.
- To allot, assign or designate. Aaron and his sons shall appoint every one to his service. – Num. iv. These cities were appointed for all the children of Israel. – Josh. xx.
- To purpose or resolve; to fix the intention. For so he had appointed. – Acts xx.
- To ordain, command or order. Thy servants are ready to do whatever my Lord the King shall appoint. 2 Sam. xv.
- To settle; to fix, name or determine by agreement; as, they appointed a time and place for the meeting.
That may be appointed or constituted; as, officers are appointable by the Executive. – Federalist, Madison.
- Fixed; set; established; decreed; ordained; constituted; allotted.
- Furnished; equipped with things necessary; as, a ship or an army is well appointed.
- A person appointed. “The commission authorizes them to make appointments, and pay the appointees.” – Circular of Mass. Representatives, 1768; also Wheaton's Reports.
- A foot soldier in the French army, who, for long service and bravery, receives more pay than other privates. – Encyc. Bailey.
One who appoints.
Setting; fixing; ordaining; constituting; assigning.
- The act of appointing; designation to office; as, he erred by the appointment of unsuitable men.
- Stipulation; assignation; the act of fixing by mutual agreement; as, they made an appointment to meet at six o'clock.
- Decree; established order or constitution; as, it is our duty to submit to the divine appointments.
- Direction; order; command. Wheat, salt, wine and oil, let it be given according to the appointment of the priests. – Ezra vi.
- Equipment, furniture, as for a ship, or an army; whatever is appointed for use and management.
- An allowance to a person; a salary or pension, as to a public officer. An appointment differs from wages in being a special grant, or gratification, not fixed, whereas wages are fixed and ordinary. – Encyc.
- A devise or grant to a charitable use. – Blackstone.
AP-PORT'ER, n. [Fr. apporter; L. porto.]
A bringer in; one that brings into the country. [Not in use.] – Hale.