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applied for...patent
▪ He applied for a patent for a new method of removing paint.
▪ Finesse's hairspray formulations are non-sticky, and yet give perfect control when applied to dry hair.
▪ There is thus no evidence to suggest that definition expansion may provide useful information when applied selectively to highly distinctive words.
▪ We wanted to see how normal Western approaches to anxiety problems might work when applied across cultures.
▪ How much more pertinent is this observation when applied to sculpture rather than the two-dimensional illusionism of painting.
▪ Since then, there has been a steady output of research within this branch of applied linguistics.
▪ If applied linguistics is left exclusively to an elite band of researchers, then the whole object of the exercise disappears.
▪ There is a very pervasive belief that it is research in theoretical and applied linguistics which provides the solutions.
▪ A good part of engineering is applied mathematics.
▪ Options are also available in modern applied mathematics.
▪ Previous study of statistics, computing and applied mathematics is not a requirement.
▪ On his return in 1891, Knott was appointed lecturer in mathematics and in 1892 reader in applied mathematics at Edinburgh University.
▪ They also work in both fundamental and applied research in industry, universities and research establishments.
▪ The author insists at several points that he is talking about both basic and applied research, although he would exclude technology.
▪ This fundamental work complements more applied research directed at medical and biotechnological problems.
▪ The argument is often made that what is required is applied research to deliver products and processes directly to industry.
▪ What is required is a balance where basic and applied research co-exist and catalyse further developments.
▪ It will provide information and understanding of decisions concerning applied research, an area not previously studied in detail.
▪ These advances, which have had an impact in both basic and applied research, are again spread widely among the disciplines.
▪ Introduction to nonlinear problems with emphasis on practical modelling, illustrative examples from pure and applied science, and use of computers.
▪ Why are engineering, medicine and agriculture not all grouped together as applied sciences?
▪ Supported by four applied science courses covering the biology, entomology and pathology of seeds, and plant breeding.
Science subjects and laboratories were almost entirely absent, and applied science was the province of artisan workers, not gentlemen.
▪ The dashpot is used to denote the retarded nature of the response of a material to any applied stress.
▪ Any applied stress is now shared between the elements and each is subjected to the same deformation.
▪ In a stress-relaxation experiment, the sample under study is deformed by a rapidly applied stress.
▪ Another aspect of the applied philosophy of the polytechnics is that they should maintain close contacts with industry and business.
▪ National Socialism is nothing more than applied biology.
▪ The applied ethics strand is represented by a unit concerned with moral problems relating to conflict between persons, groups and societies.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Apply \Ap*ply"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Applied; p. pr. & vb. n. Applying.] [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  1. To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another); -- with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.

    He said, and the sword his throat applied.

  2. To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to apply money to the payment of a debt.

  3. To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person.

    Yet God at last To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied.

  4. To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.

    Apply thine heart unto instruction.
    --Prov. xxiii. 12.

  5. To direct or address. [R.]

    Sacred vows . . . applied to grisly Pluto.

  6. To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively.

    I applied myself to him for help.

  7. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. [Obs.]

    She was skillful in applying his ``humors.''
    --Sir P. Sidney.

  8. To visit. [Obs.]

    And he applied each place so fast.

    Applied chemistry. See under Chemistry.

    Applied mathematics. See under Mathematics.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"put to practical use," (as opposed to abstract or theoretical), 1650s, from past participle of apply. Earlier it was used in a sense of "folded" (c.1500).

  1. 1 put into practical use 2 of a branch of science, serving another branch of science or engineering v

  2. (en-pastapply)

  1. adj. that are used; "an isotropic resonance lower applied fields"

  2. concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles; opposed to theoretical; "applied physics"; "applied psychology"; "technical problems in medicine, engineering, economics and other applied disciplines"- Sidney Hook [ant: theoretical]

  3. put into practice or put to use; "applied physics"


See apply

  1. v. put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't make use of this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer" [syn: use, utilize, utilise, employ]

  2. be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone" [syn: hold, go for]

  3. ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"

  4. apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!" [syn: put on]

  5. be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data" [syn: lend oneself] [ant: defy]

  6. give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose" [syn: give]

  7. avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance" [syn: practice, use]

  8. ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone"; [syn: enforce, implement] [ant: exempt]

  9. refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!"

  10. apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"

  11. [also: applied]


Usage examples of "applied".

Over all these causes of Change I am convinced that the accumulative action of Selection, whether applied methodically and more quickly, or unconsciously and more slowly, but more efficiently, is by far the predominant Power.

Narragansett society was correct, and might accurately be applied to other tribes as well.

William Gibbs, who purchased the advowson of Otterbourne for a sum that Sir William applied to the endowment of Hursley, so as to compensate for the loss of the tithes of Otterbourne.

Judging from several cases in which various objects had been affixed with gum, and had soon become separated from the apex by a layer of fluid, as well as from some trials in which drops of thick gumwater alone had been applied, this fluid never causes bending.

Lateral resemblances with other languages - similar sounds applied to analogous significations - were noted and listed only in order to confirm the vertical relation of each to these deeply buried, silted over, almost mute values.

Turmeric, saffron, anotta, are about the only representatives, and these are not of much importance in wool dyeing by themselves, although they are sometimes used in conjunction with other natural dye-stuffs, when they are applied by a process which is adapted more especially for the other dye-stuff which is used.

Here also the principle of apostolicity seems to have been of great importance for the collectors and editors, but it was otherwise applied than at Rome.

The principle of apostolicity was more strictly conceived and more surely applied.

When the principle of apperception is fully applied in teaching, the progress from one point to another is so gradual and clear that it gives pleasure.

Louise arrived, lay down with her buttocks pressed over the back wound and applied two tongues to the healing task.

Shakespeare, when taken at the full, leads on to fortune, he resolved that the opportunity should not be lost, and applied himself with such assiduity to his practice, that, in all likelihood, he would have carried the palm from all his contemporaries, had he not split upon the same rock which had shipwrecked his hopes before.

One of these regulations was, that no man coming into any given district or county within the control assumed by the associating parties, should be allowed to work without previously paying five pounds sterling, to be applied to the funds of the association.

Accordingly he seized the pen with great confidence, and a whole magazine of antihysteric medicines were, in different forms, externally and internally applied.

More knowledge, however, of the history of surgery has given a serious set-back to this self-complacency, and now we know that the later medieval surgeons understood practical antisepsis very well, and applied it successfully.

She got her assistantship from junior college last summer and applied right afterward.