application programming interface

noun

Definition of application programming interface

computing

  1. :  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. — Business Week> —abbreviation API

1972

First Known Use of application programming interface

1972

Variants of application programming interface

or less commonly

application program interface


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