ap·​pli·​ca·​tor | \ ˈa-plə-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce applicator (audio) \

Definition of applicator

: one that applies specifically : a device for applying a substance (such as medicine or polish)

Examples of applicator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The instructions were simple to follow and the only tricky set up was putting the applicator plug back on the test tube. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Personalize your teeth whitening experience with this $49.99 at-home kit," 3 July 2020 The soap applicator is separate from the washer itself, but this won’t prove to be much of an inconvenience. Popular Science, "Power washers to transform your home, deck, driveway, and more," 29 May 2020 Anything with the lack of a strong seal such as compacts, eyeshadows, and sponge applicators, are strongly recommended to be moved somewhere drier in order to prevent bacteria buildup and mold growth. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "The Signs Your Makeup Has Expired," 20 Feb. 2020 Pest control must be conducted by a licensed pesticide applicator. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Scottsdale restaurant and mobile food truck have 4 violations in the latest inspection report," 27 May 2020 Not your average serum, No7 ups the game by dispensing the product through a rollerball applicator to massage ingredients like peptides into skin. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Beauty Awards," 28 Apr. 2020 The $400 cream comes with an applicator, but Musk applies it with her fingertips. Marci Robin, Allure, "Model Maye Musk Shared Her Morning Skin-Care Routine on Her 72nd Birthday," 19 Apr. 2020 But a package of makeup applicators showed up instead. Catherine Ho,, "California has lagged on coronavirus testing. That’s starting to change," 19 Apr. 2020 The pointed applicator and liquid formula make applying directly to the scalp so easy. Andrea Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 7 Scalp Care Items I Always Have on Hand Because Product Build-Up Is Real," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of applicator

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of applicator was in 1659

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9 Jul 2020

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“Applicator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of applicator

: a tool that is used to put something (such as paint or makeup) on a surface : a tool that is used to apply something


ap·​pli·​ca·​tor | \ ˈa-plə-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce applicator (audio) \

Kids Definition of applicator

: a device for applying a substance (as medicine or polish)


ap·​pli·​ca·​tor | \ ˈap-lə-ˌkāt-ər How to pronounce applicator (audio) \

Medical Definition of applicator

: one that applies specifically : a device for applying a substance (as medicine)

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