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for application program
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: 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" [syn:
application, application program, applications
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
(Or "application", "app") A
complete, self-contained program that performs a specific
function directly for the user. This is in contrast to
system software such as the operating system kernel,
server processes, libraries which exists to support
application programs and utility programs.
Editors for various kinds of documents, spreadsheets, and
text formatters are common examples of applications. Network
applications include clients such as those for FTP,
electronic mail, telnet and WWW.
The term is used fairly loosely, for instance, some might say
that a client and server together form a distributed
application, others might argue that editors and compilers
were not applications but utility programs for building
One distinction between an application program and the
operating system is that applications always run in user
mode (or "non-privileged mode"), while operating systems and
related utilities may run in supervisor mode (or "privileged
The term may also be used to distinguish programs which
communicate via a graphical user interface from those which
are executed from the command line.
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