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 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 SharePlay will have an API, or application programming interface, a set of software tools that lets other app makers build those media-sharing experiences into their offerings. Lauren Goode, Wired, 9 June 2021 To facilitate integration of their stack with different frameworks, the team has built a common application programming interface (API) layer, which provides a simple set of software extensions that can be plugged into the frameworks. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The company also plans to open its platform to third-party developers next year, offering a single application programming interface and system developer kit. David Bloom, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Clubhouse didn't limit how many rooms a single account could stream from at once, for example, so anyone could create an application programming interface to stream every public channel at the same time. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 26 Feb. 2021 Google and Apple’s application programming interface, a type of device-agnostic code, ducks the biggest Big Brother concerns by directly alerting anyone at risk of infection instead of storing individuals’ locations in a centralized database. Popular Science, 2 Dec. 2020 Google and Apple’s application programming interface, a type of device-agnostic code, ducks the biggest Big Brother concerns by directly alerting anyone at risk of infection instead of storing individuals’ locations in a centralized database. Popular Science, 2 Dec. 2020

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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 4 Aug. 2021.

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