adj. of a branch of science, serving another branch of science or engineering
v. Simple past tense and past participle of apply.
The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Put on; put to; directed; employed: said specifically of a science when its laws are employed and exemplified in dealing with concrete phenomena, and in this use distinguished from abstract or theoretical.
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adj. concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles
"Asian carp is a term applied to several related species of carp that were brought to the United States in the 1970s to control algae in catfish farms in the South."
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