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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The approval for AcelRx Pharmaceuticals ’s ACRX 15.66% lead treatment calls for Dsuvia to be administered by a health-care professional, for example a paramedic during transport, using a single-dose, prefilled, under-the-tongue applicator. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Noting Military Potential, FDA Approves Powerful Painkiller Dsuvia," 2 Nov. 2018 There are now menstrual cups, menstrual discs, tampons with reusable applicators, and, of course, period-proof underwear: designed for free bleeding and backup protection. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "I Tried Free Bleeding in Period-Proof Running Shorts," 30 Oct. 2018 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

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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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