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.Business Week abbreviation API

Examples of application programming interface in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the data and insights need to be delivered synchronously, then APIs (application programming interface) can be leveraged. Prashanth Southekal, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Suddenly morning news shows and nighttime comedy hosts were chewing over a convoluted story about a third-party developer who took liberties with data freely acquired through Facebook's application programming interface. Will Evans, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 Together Vanguard and Infosys are building this new platform from the ground up, with an approach that integrates application programming interface (API) service into the web experience. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 StockDrops, a stock-hunting community of 125,000 that organizes primarily on Discord, can peer directly into Best Buy's product database using the retailer's publicly available API, or application programming interface. Brian Fung, CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 Focus on providing an application programming interface (API) that enables companies to open up their applications’ data and functionality to external third-party developers, business partners and internal departments. Nilesh Jain, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Abass, a former commodity futures trader at a UK trading house, started Lami as an application programming interface, or API, that enables businesses to offer products such as vehicle and health insurance to customers. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 22 Sep. 2021 The Broadcom chip the researchers studied in Cisco phones has an application programming interface that allows limited interaction for things like setting up device encryption services. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 9 July 2021 Data, application programming interface connections and automation software form the basis for bridging these technologies and departments with human-free processes. Pradeep Aradhya, Forbes, 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of application programming interface

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Application programming interface.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/application%20programming%20interface. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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