application programming interface

noun
variants: or less commonly application program interface

Definition of application programming interface

computing
:a set of rules that allows programmers to develop software for a particular operating system without having to be completely familiar with that operating system
  • To fix this problem, trustbusters have installed a provision forcing Microsoft to disclose more information about its so-called application programming interfaces, or APIs.
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abbreviation API

First Known Use of application programming interface

1972


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