An application may refer to any of the following:
1. Application and app are synonymous with the word "program." See our program overview for comparisons between apps and programs, application examples, and information about computer programs in general.
2. Abbreviated as app, this shortened version of the word "application" became popular with the Apple and Facebook crowd. Both of these companies allow their developers to use toolkits to develop software programs for their products. For example, Apple operates the App Store, an online service used by owners of Apple products to purchase, download, install, and manage applications for their devices.
3. Applications is a folder on the Apple macOS Dock that gives users a quick way to show and open applications on the computer.
Tip: To see all Applications right-click on the Applications folder and then choose "Open "Applications"."
4. An application is a form or questioner that is filled out to help inform an individual or company about a user's experience, usually with a service, field, or product. A great example of an application is a job application where a user must fill out a form of his or her qualifications before being considered by the company.