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Applet

In computing, an applet is any small application that performs one specific task that runs within the scope of a dedicated widget engine or a larger program, often as a plug-in. The term is frequently used to refer to a Java applet, a program written in the Java programming language that is designed to be placed on a web page. Applets are typical examples of transient and auxiliary applications that don't monopolize the user's attention. Applets are not full-featured application programs, and are intended to be easily accessible.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

applet

noun
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▪ Because each applet must be downloaded, Java is still hobbled by the slow Internet connections used by most people.
▪ Once you download a Java applet, your own computer does the rest of the work.
▪ One applet sent lovely blue raindrops streaking across my screen.
▪ The end user must have an Internet browser capable of accepting and playing the applet.
▪ The more sophisticated the applet, the longer the delay.
Wiktionary

applet

n. (context computing English) a small program module that runs under the control of a larger application, typically a web browser

WordNet

applet

n. a Java application; an application program that uses the client's web browser to provide a user interface

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

applet

by 1995, a diminutive formation from application.

Usage examples of "applet".

Instead, we found something better: an Enigma applet, right there on the Internet.

It deals with applets - small bits of software - and links different computer platforms by means of software.

It deals with applets - small bits of software - and links different computer platforms by means of software.