ap·pli·ca·tor | \ˈa-plə-ˌkā-tər \

Definition of applicator 

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

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Commandment 6: Aim for Imperfection Tap your lip color onto your finger before gently dabbing it on instead of drawing it on from the applicator or lipstick bullet. Eden Univer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The BAZAAR Commandments: Get a Flawless Face," 8 Sep. 2017 Though Lia follows the same pee-on-the-thing principles, there’s no telltale plastic applicator left behind. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "A Pregnancy Test You Can Flush Down the Toilet Is Almost a Reality," 5 July 2018 More recently , coolsculpting has developed applicators that work very well and require less time to get better results. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Woman has 'bat wings' on biceps. How should she get rid of them?," 29 June 2018 Our two quarts of Ultra-Ever Dry (one quart each of top and bottom coat) and two hand-spray applicators cost $200, including shipping. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 The insertion process, which can range from feeling like a slight twinge to being surprisingly painful, involves your doctor pushing the folded up IUD past your cervix and into your uterus via a slim applicator tube, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Can My IUD Fall Out if I Have Rough Sex?," 14 June 2018 But that doesn’t affect all the other stuff — like straws, cigarette filter tips, diapers, tampon applicators, syringes, appliances, and blood vials. Frank Kummer,, "Shore towns ban plastic bags, say they dirty beaches, hurt wildlife," 24 May 2018 The applicator is said to fit users of all sizes and was created with heat-resistant material that allows you to safely sterilize after using it. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dame Announced the Creation of a Reusable Tampon Applicator Named D," 3 Mar. 2018 There are also a lip pencil, inky liquid eyeliner, brow pencil, and three applicator brushes inside. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Kate Moss Is Launching Her Own Makeup Palette," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of applicator

1659, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of applicator

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


ap·pli·ca·tor | \ˈap-lə-ˌkāt-ər \

Medical Definition of applicator 

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

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