Could he stand work at all, not only in a physical sense, but in application of mind?
The application of the name up-rooter to a lawless mercenary is not unnatural.
By dint of application, he began to make himself useful; he earned very little, but he hoped to become more skilful in time.
He was not a devotee of discipline, in its application to himself.
On the application of fire to the whole, this composition turns black, leaving the design strongly outlined.
His father took no notice of the young man's want of application.
What success attended this application, or the enterprise which it was intended to promote, does not appear.
This is an application of a nautical term, as in “to fetch headway.”
Nothing has been added to its technic except the application of the most recent laws of harmony.
I think that June will probably be the best time for the application of such a lever.
application late 15c., "the bringing of something to bear on something else," from O.Fr. application, from L. applicationem (nom. applicatio) "a joining to, an attaching oneself to," noun of action from applicare (see apply). Meaning "sincere hard effort" is from c.1600.