an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices:
the best GPS apps for your iPhone.
Contemporary Examples

Previous drugs targeting amyloid precursor protein, or app, have failed.
Trial Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice Elizabeth Lopatto May 23, 2014

With these new apps, users will have to affirmatively click a consent box that gives the app permission to share information.
Facebook’s New Grab for More Data Justin Brookman September 21, 2011

Three weeks later, the app has grown significantly, boasting north of 700,000 users.
Bang With Friends Facebook App Won’t Be Just About Sex, CEO Says Anna Klassen February 25, 2013

“Slut,” the message popped up from someone named “ArtsyFartsy” as soon as I activated the app.
Sex in the Time of GPS Clark Harding January 31, 2010

Since the app is already live Mikandi intends to alter it to comply with the new polices.
Adult Entertainment Companies Put Google Glass Technology in Their Sights Aurora Snow June 2, 2013

Historical Examples

How long—would it take to make out that app’intment—how long?
Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill

Ef you had a dozen lawyers I’d have to app’int him jest the same.
From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb

Sure if anyone doesn’t think your app’arance is good enough for them, you needn’t throuble them wid your company.
Strangers at Lisconnel Barlow Jane

The general construction of this cell is the same as that of app.
How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John

He dumped the app to my public directory, and, gingerly, I executed it.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom Cory Doctorow

(computing, informal) short for application program

computerese shorthand for application, attested by 1992.

application program
[software] application


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