(ap' li kA' shun) n.

1. a specific area of use for a technology.

2. a program that provides its own primary sequence of execution, as distinguished from a program that derives its primary sequence of execution from another program, such as the operating system or the SAS application.

3. applications program.

4. AF application.

5. a formal request for a decision, written on a form provided for that purpose.

application programming interface

see API.

application service provider


a company that operates application programs on its servers for the use of its customers, usually over the Internet.

Abbr. ASP.

There are dozens of startup ASPs offering low prices for hosting complex, labor-intensive applications, hoping to quickly build a reputation and lure more clients. But the business model is hard to sustain, and analysts expect to see more ASPs running out of cash soon. ["On Shaky Ground," Information Week, Feb. 19, 2001]

application workspace

Microsoft Windows, OS/2. n.

an application's primary window, containing the various windows of the application.

Abbr. AWS.

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