Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Computer Science An application that has limited features, requires limited memory resources, and is usually portable between operating systems.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small program module that runs under the control of a larger application, typically a web browser

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Java application; an application program that uses the client's web browser to provide a user interface

Etymologies

appl(ication) + -et.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
app +‎ -let, but perhaps also influenced by Apple (the term originated in AppleScript). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nevertheless, the applet is an interesting way to extend the Sega brand with games fans and a fun promotional tool for the TGS.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • The applet is obviously still installed and it autimatically remembers the network I last used.

    weekly

  • Sure the java applet is more secure, since everything is local – but Hushmail controls that, too.

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  • When the applet is first opened, the initial dataset consists of the most recent 1,500 feelings collected by our system.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Charting Mob Emotions using “We Feel Fine”

  • Now the applet is not very fancy, but it tickled the inner geek inside of me, and I thought I share it with the rest of you geeks ...

    How Does An Airplane Really Work?

  • Java will send you a chunk of software -- an "applet" -- that turns your PC momentarily into a TV screen.

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  • Foster's Slouching Towards Bedlam can also be played on the web using a different technology it's a Java applet, which is 100% COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from JavaScript; the similar names are just one of those dumb marketing decisions people made every day in the nineties.

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  • "They even called their applet 'hostile applet,'" says Stalbaum, who dissected it.

    From the WSJ Opinion Archives

  • In secure, encryption is done in a Java applet, which is open source.

    Slashdot

  • Just click on the Tomboy Panel applet, which is always visible on your desktop.

    Softpedia - Windows - All

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