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 Korean beauty find comes with a small stick applicator, and is now offered in six varieties, including the original berry, a special BTS limited edition gummy bear, and a new limited edition mango flavor that was released this month. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 16 July 2022 Keep your fingers clean and apply on the go with this Amorepacific compact that comes loaded with CC cream and a cushion applicator. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 15 June 2022 The slim rollerball applicator comes with a wearable pouch made from vegan leather, so transportation to a magical woodland is only ever a quick dab away. New York Times, 23 June 2022 Use the services of a certified pesticide applicator for plants too large to spray yourself, such as evergreens well over your head. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 2 June 2022 The soft sponge-tip applicator sitting on top of Makeup Revolution's Eye Bright Concealer ensures natural-looking coverage that actually looks like your skin. Sarah Han, Allure, 24 Sep. 2021 This format features an applicator with a metered dial that releases a small dose of product for each use. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Hep offers a few extra tips: use an applicator mitt and sweep it along the contours of your body in lengthways motions, set tan with translucent powder, and buff off excess tan on your eyebrows with a clean spoolie. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 June 2022 This clear formula is beyond-easy to apply, even without an applicator mitt. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of applicator

1659, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Applicator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for applicator


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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