applications program

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applications program (or application program) Any program that is specific to the particular role that a given computer performs within a given organization and makes a direct contribution to performing that role. For example, where a computer handles a company's finances a payroll program would be an applications program. By contrast, an operating system or a software tool may both be essential to the effective use of the computer system, but neither makes a direct contribution to meeting the end-user's eventual needs.