Definition of applicator in US English:

applicator

noun

  • 1A device used for inserting something or for applying a substance to a surface.

    • ‘It comes with a brush applicator to help you apply the gloss.’
    • ‘It's available in a flat flake, a powder with an applicator or in pencil form.’
    • ‘Because some are more liquid than others and flow quickly out of the bottle, it's advisable to pour them into a needlenose applicator or to pour a small amount onto a plastic lid and use a pin, needle or toothpick to apply it.’
    • ‘With these applicators, the herbicide is applied by rubbing the weeds with a rope wetted with the chemical.’
    • ‘It holds a measly quarter-ounce of lube, which is next to nothing, but the needle-like applicator means you can oil up parts with pinpoint precision.’
    • ‘The idea is to use the roller as a wick applicator that will apply the chemical to the taller growing blades of the nutgrass, but avoid coming in contact with the lawn grasses below.’
    • ‘They are working on herbicide applicators and seed drills for restoration work.’
    • ‘It flows well and is easily applied with most fertilizer applicators.’
    • ‘For example, it recommends staff buy expensive shoes, certain brands, even for female staff to throw out the little applicators that come with eye shadow and buy more expensive brushes instead.’
    • ‘By all means, toss those compact brushes and tiny sponge applicators that come with your makeup - take my word for it, they just don't cut it!’
    • ‘It is possible to topdress ammonia, but special applicators equipped with narrow knives are required to avoid damaging wheat stands.’
    • ‘Even if you are applying the intended rate per acre, odds are some of the knives on your applicator are putting out a lot more nitrogen than others.’
    • ‘You can tell when your mascara is well and truly dead when it doesn't make a popping noise as you take the wand out of the applicator.’
    • ‘When you insert cotton-tipped applicators or tissues in your ear, the wax is just pushed deeper into the ear canal.’
    • ‘The cone applicator was inserted into a mirror clamp and directed to the treatment site.’
    • ‘Apply the stain with the 4-inch brush or an applicator and pad.’
    • ‘The applicator allows patients to regulate their dose depending on their level of illness and has been compared to an inhaler used in the treatment of asthma.’
    • ‘The company offers a number of systems, including air-free syringes, tube dispensers, pens, and multishot applicators.’
    • ‘Use a sponge applicator or brush to apply solid colour to the lid, then blend out towards the socket and brow bone with your fingers.’
    • ‘These come in bottles or syringe-like applicators and are poured into the vehicle's tank, along with unleaded petrol.’
    1. 1.1 A person who applies a substance or installs something, such as house siding.
      • ‘As a result, applicators are urged to apply pesticides only when necessary and to use protective clothing and equipment to avoid exposures by oral, dermal, or inhalation routes.’
      • ‘It can be applied by a professional applicator using special equipment to meter, mix, and spray into place.’
      • ‘David is a licensed pesticide applicator and a certified professional agronomist with the American Society of Agronomy.’
      • ‘A plane crash two years ago took the life of a local custom applicator, creating a need for someone to carry on a strip-tillage, zone-banding fertilizer service that the applicator shared with the co-op.’
      • ‘Of the remaining money, $200,000 was to cover the cost of a contingency measure promising every health unit a licensed pesticide applicator at the ready.’
      • ‘A local brick supplier in your phonebook should be consulted for a product and professional applicator.’
      • ‘This highly decorative effect will require a specialist company to advise on the various finishes and trained applicators to create the finish.’
      • ‘Fumigants are dangerous, restricted-use pesticides and may require gas monitoring devices and respirator protection for the applicator.’
      • ‘By forcing the industry to exchange its toxic formulas for organic alternatives, it would reduce the cancer risks faced by applicators and mail carriers, thousands of whom spend their spring and summer walking beside sprayed yards.’
      • ‘It's the most sophisticated model designed to meet the needs of fertilizer dealers and custom applicators.’
      • ‘Commercial applicators hired to spread manure must be certified and consultants retained to prepare manure management plans must be professional agrologists or Certified Crop Advisors registered in Manitoba.’
      • ‘He is the only custom applicator applying both dry fertilizer and anhydrous.’
      • ‘Some biocides are considered pesticides, and some States require that only registered pesticide applicators apply these products in schools.’
      • ‘I live in Dalby, which is near Stu's house, and I'm the aerial applicator or the cropduster who sprays juice crops.’
      • ‘Whether growers are applying product themselves or adjuvants are being applied by custom applicators, the bottom line is opportunity.’
      • ‘In some cases, the studies also looked at the children of the farmworkers and pesticide applicators.’
      • ‘It is highly recommended that fumigation be done by a commercial pesticide applicator who has been trained and EPA / NDA-certified in safe fumigant handling and application techniques.’
      • ‘But the city's pesticide applicator was given the wrong location and sprayed the park where Nathan plays.’
      • ‘He estimates having this information on hand saves about 15 minutes per load, which can quickly add up to three or four hours a day in saved time for each applicator.’
      • ‘When a tank of pesticide is mixed at the dilute rate, the applicator should apply it to the trees until all parts of the tree are wet.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin applicat- ‘fastened to’ (from the verb applicare) + -or.

Pronunciation

applicator

/ˈapləˌkādər//ˈæpləˌkeɪdər/