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 However, this serum is so lightweight and barely noticeable, and the brush applicator never overdoes the dosage. Sarah Han, Allure, 30 Apr. 2021 There are two other small (personal) caveats of the Murumuru bronzer: the smell and the applicator sponge. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, 18 May 2021 An opaque pigment that doesn't streak is a must, as well as a long-lasting color that stays puts throughout the day, and an easy-to-use applicator that makes dispensing the product easy. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 16 May 2021 An applicator with small nubs helps work the formula into fabric. Southern Living, 16 Apr. 2021 The Infallible Powder comes in a small compact with a sponge applicator to blend in the product without the need for additional brushes. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, 23 Mar. 2021 To re-apply, dip a sponge applicator into the cushion and dab on your face. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, 22 Apr. 2021 Once the formula is on your fabric, use the little nubs on the applicator to gently work the gel into your stain. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 16 Apr. 2021 This lotion applicator will be that special someone in the meantime. Hannah Cole, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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4 Jun 2021

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“Applicator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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