Dictionary: AP'PLI-CA-BLY – AP-PORT'ER

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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.]

  1. The act of laying on; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.
  2. The thing applied; as, the pain was abated by the application.
  3. The act of making request or soliciting; as, he made application to a court of chancery.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. In theology, the act by which the merits of Christ are transferred to man, for his justification.
  8. 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.
  9. In sermons, that part of the discourse, in which the principles before laid down and illustrated, are applied to practical uses.


That applies.


That includes the act of applying. – Edwards's Hist. of Redemption.


That which applies. – Taylor.

AP-PLIED', pp.

Put on; put to; directed; employed.

AP-PLI'ED-LY, adv.

In a manner which may be applied. [Not in use.] – Montagu.


One that applies.


Application. [Not in use.] Marston.

AP-PLY', v.i.

  1. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case.
  2. 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.]

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To put, refer or use, as suitable or relative to something; as, to apply the testimony to the case.
  4. To fix the mind; to engage and employ with attention; as, “Apply thy heart to instruction.” – Proverbs.
  5. To address or direct; as, “Sacred vows applied to Pluto.” Pope.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. [Obs.] – Sidney. Spenser. [Superseded by ply, which see.]

AP-PLY'ING, ppr.

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.]

  1. To fix; to settle; to establish; to make fast. When he appointed the foundations of the earth. Prov. viii.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To purpose or resolve; to fix the intention. For so he had appointed. – Acts xx.
  5. To ordain, command or order. Thy servants are ready to do whatever my Lord the King shall appoint. 2 Sam. xv.
  6. 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.


  1. Fixed; set; established; decreed; ordained; constituted; allotted.
  2. Furnished; equipped with things necessary; as, a ship or an army is well appointed.


  1. A person appointed. “The commission authorizes them to make appointments, and pay the appointees.” – Circular of Mass. Representatives, 1768; also Wheaton's Reports.
  2. 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.


  1. The act of appointing; designation to office; as, he erred by the appointment of unsuitable men.
  2. Stipulation; assignation; the act of fixing by mutual agreement; as, they made an appointment to meet at six o'clock.
  3. Decree; established order or constitution; as, it is our duty to submit to the divine appointments.
  4. Direction; order; command. Wheat, salt, wine and oil, let it be given according to the appointment of the priests. – Ezra vi.
  5. Equipment, furniture, as for a ship, or an army; whatever is appointed for use and management.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.