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Application vs. Function

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Applicationnoun

The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense

‘The application of this cream should reduce the swelling.’;

Functionnoun

What something does or is used for.

Applicationnoun

The substance applied.

Functionnoun

A professional or official position.

Applicationnoun

The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.

Functionnoun

An official or social occasion.

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Applicationnoun

The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence.

‘I make the remark, and leave you to make the application.’; ‘The application of a theory to a set of data can be challenging.’;

Functionnoun

A relation where one thing is dependent on another for its existence, value, or significance.

Applicationnoun

(computing) A computer program or the set of software that the end user perceives as a single entity as a tool for a well-defined purpose. (Also called: application program; application software.)

‘This iPhone application can connect to most social networks.’;

Functionnoun

(mathematics) A relation in which each element of the domain is associated with exactly one element of the codomain.

Applicationnoun

A verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school, course or similar.

‘December 31 is the deadline for MBA applications.’;

Functionnoun

(computing) A routine that receives zero or more arguments and may return a result.

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Applicationnoun

A petition, entreaty, or other request, with the adposition for denoting the subject matter.

‘Their application for a deferral of the hearing was granted.’;

Functionnoun

(biology) The physiological activity of an organ or body part.

Applicationnoun

The act of requesting, claiming, or petitioning something.

Functionnoun

(chemistry) The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.

Applicationnoun

Diligence; close thought or attention.

Functionnoun

(anthropology) The role of a social practice in the continued existence of the group.

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Applicationnoun

A kind of needlework; appliqué.

Functionverb

(intransitive) To have a function.

Applicationnoun

(obsolete) Compliance.

Functionverb

(intransitive) To carry out a function; to be in action.

Applicationnoun

The act of applying or laying on, in a literal sense; as, the application of emollients to a diseased limb.

Functionnoun

The act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; performance.

Applicationnoun

The thing applied.

‘He invented a new application by which blood might be stanched.’;

Functionnoun

The appropriate action of any special organ or part of an animal or vegetable organism; as, the function of the heart or the limbs; the function of leaves, sap, roots, etc.; life is the sum of the functions of the various organs and parts of the body.

Applicationnoun

The act of applying as a means; the employment of means to accomplish an end; specific use.

‘If a right course . . . be taken with children, there will not be much need of the application of the common rewards and punishments.’;

Functionnoun

The natural or assigned action of any power or faculty, as of the soul, or of the intellect; the exertion of an energy of some determinate kind.

‘As the mind opens, and its functions spread.’;

Applicationnoun

The act of directing or referring something to a particular case, to discover or illustrate agreement or disagreement, fitness, or correspondence; as, I make the remark, and leave you to make the application; the application of a theory.

Functionnoun

The course of action which peculiarly pertains to any public officer in church or state; the activity appropriate to any business or profession.

‘Tradesmen . . . going about their functions.’; ‘The malady which made him incapable of performing hisregal functions.’;

Applicationnoun

That part of a sermon or discourse in which the principles before laid down and illustrated are applied to practical uses; the "moral" of a fable.

Functionnoun

A quantity so connected with another quantity, that if any alteration be made in the latter there will be a consequent alteration in the former. Each quantity is said to be a function of the other. Thus, the circumference of a circle is a function of the diameter. If x be a symbol to which different numerical values can be assigned, such expressions as x2, 3x, Log. x, and Sin. x, are all functions of x.

Applicationnoun

The capacity of being practically applied or used; relevancy; as, a rule of general application.

Functionnoun

A religious ceremony, esp. one particularly impressive and elaborate.

‘Every solemn function' performed with the requirements of the liturgy.’;

Applicationnoun

The act of fixing the mind or closely applying one's self; assiduous effort; close attention; as, to injure the health by application to study.

‘Had his application been equal to his talents, his progress might have been greater.’;

Functionnoun

A public or social ceremony or gathering; a festivity or entertainment, esp. one somewhat formal.

‘This function, which is our chief social event.’;

Applicationnoun

The act of making request of soliciting; as, an application for an office; he made application to a court of chancery.

Functionverb

To execute or perform a function; to transact one's regular or appointed business.

Applicationnoun

A request; a document containing a request; as, his application was placed on file.

Functionnoun

a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set

Applicationnoun

a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school;

‘December 31 is the deadline for applications’;

Functionnoun

what something is used for;

‘the function of an auger is to bore holes’; ‘ballet is beautiful but what use is it?’;

Applicationnoun

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’;

Functionnoun

the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group;

‘the function of a teacher’; ‘the government must do its part’; ‘play its role’;

Applicationnoun

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’;

Functionnoun

a relation such that one thing is dependent on another;

‘height is a function of age’; ‘price is a function of supply and demand’;

Applicationnoun

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’;

Functionnoun

a formal or official social gathering or ceremony;

‘it was a black-tie function’;

Applicationnoun

liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin;

‘a lotion for dry skin’;

Functionnoun

a vaguely specified social event;

‘the party was quite an affair’; ‘an occasion arranged to honor the president’; ‘a seemingly endless round of social functions’;

Applicationnoun

a diligent effort;

‘it is a job requiring serious application’;

Functionnoun

a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

Functionverb

perform as expected when applied;

‘The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in’; ‘Does this old car still run well?’; ‘This old radio doesn't work anymore’;

Functionverb

serve a purpose, role, or function;

‘The tree stump serves as a table’; ‘The female students served as a control group’; ‘This table would serve very well’; ‘His freedom served him well’; ‘The table functions as a desk’;

Functionverb

perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function;

‘His wife officiated as his private secretary’;

Functionnoun

an activity that is natural to or the purpose of a person or thing

‘bridges perform the function of providing access across water’; ‘bodily functions’;

Functionnoun

practical use or purpose in design

‘building designs that prioritize style over function’;

Functionnoun

a basic task of a computer, especially one that corresponds to a single instruction from the user.

Functionnoun

a relation or expression involving one or more variables

‘the function (bx + c)’;

Functionnoun

a variable quantity regarded in relation to one or more other variables in terms of which it may be expressed or on which its value depends

‘the magnetic field has varied as a function of time’;

Functionnoun

a functional group

‘the carboxyl group was replaced by functions that included tetrazolyl-, sulphonyl-, and phosphoryl-’;

Functionnoun

a thing dependent on another factor or factors

‘class shame is a function of social power’;

Functionnoun

a large or formal social event or ceremony

‘he was obliged to attend party functions’;

Functionverb

work or operate in a proper or particular way

‘her liver is functioning normally’;

Functionverb

fulfil the purpose or task of (a specified thing)

‘the museum intends to function as an educational and study centre’;

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