ap·​plet ˈa-plət How to pronounce applet (audio) -(ˌ)plet How to pronounce applet (audio)
: a short computer application especially for performing a simple specific task

Examples of applet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Adobe Exchange panel applet streamlines the process of plug-in installation. PCMAG, 30 May 2024 It can be controlled with voice commands or applets. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 26 Mar. 2024 These simple rules can produce very complicated patterns, and this brilliant Java applet shows you how. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 7 Sep. 2010 The Mouse applet showed the touchpad as enabled and had all options available—tap to click, two finger scroll, edge scroll, and so forth. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2020 To create an applet of your own, click your name (top right) then choose New Applet. David Nield, Popular Mechanics, 22 Feb. 2017 Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge IFTTT, the free service that uses conditional applets to extend the functionality of smart home devices, has issued both good and bad news to Nest owners. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 20 Aug. 2019 The bad news is that the applets will stop working if users migrate their Nest accounts to Google accounts. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 20 Aug. 2019 Your new applet is created and can be enabled or disabled at any time as needed. David Nield, Popular Mechanics, 22 Feb. 2017

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Word History


application + -et entry 1

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of applet was in 1990

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“Applet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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ap·​plet ˈap-lət How to pronounce applet (audio)
: a small computer application

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