applicator

noun

ap·​pli·​ca·​tor ˈa-plə-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce applicator (audio)
: 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 Type: Mineral / Key ingredients: Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide / SPF: 50 / Oil-free: Yes Pros: Travel-friendly; great for scalp protection; brush applicator eliminates the need to use your fingers. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 13 Feb. 2024 The chubby doe-foot applicator was a surprise, but the wand still allowed for precise application without excess product smearing onto my lips. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 18 Jan. 2024 This device was pretty easy to use and came with two interchangeable heads (the larger attachment being suitable for your face and neck while the thinner one is best for your eye and mouth areas), a conductive water gel, a tightening cream, and an applicator brush. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 Gone are the days of spending lots of time trying to clean applicators that harbor germs, instead this silicone brush does the job easily with no fuss. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 This sugaring kit features a roll-on applicator with two head sizes for small and large areas, 4.73 ounces of sugar wax, and 20 epilation strips. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2024 For example, a tinted lip balm is much easier to apply than liquid lipstick with a wand applicator. Rich Scherr, Parents, 9 Jan. 2024 The extra layer of glass comes in a plastic applicator that makes misalignment nearly impossible; just wipe the screen down, snap the phone into place and press for a perfect application. Nick Guy, wsj.com, 1 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, last year’s Brow Magic makeup applicator will first launch in Asia at the end of 2024 under the Shu Uemura brand. Victoria Song, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

applicate "to apply, put to use" (borrowed from Latin applicātus, past participle of applicāre "to bring into contact [with], situate near, bring to bear [on]") + -or entry 1 — more at apply

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of applicator was in 1659

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Cite this Entry

“Applicator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/applicator. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

applicator

noun
ap·​pli·​ca·​tor ˈap-lə-ˌkāt-ər How to pronounce applicator (audio)
: a device for applying a substance (as medicine or polish)

Medical Definition

applicator

noun
ap·​pli·​ca·​tor ˈap-lə-ˌkāt-ər How to pronounce applicator (audio)
: one that applies
specifically : a device for applying a substance (as medicine)

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