killer app

killer app
killer app ˈkiller ˌapp also killer ap noun [singular]
1. COMPUTING MARKETING a very useful or exciting computer program that customers feel they must have:

• An example of a killer app is the spreadsheet program.

2. COMPUTING MARKETING a feature of a product's hardware or software which the manufacturer says is much better than anybody else's, in an attempt to make people want to buy that product rather than any other one

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killer app UK US noun [C] (also killer ap, killer application) IT
computer software that is very popular or useful, especially software that is the reason people buy certain computer systems, mobile phones, etc.: »

Mobile access to social networking sites is the next killer app.

a use for a particular technology that becomes extremely popular and is the reason people want that technology: »

At the time they thought that e-learning would be the killer app of the Internet.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • killer app — UK [ˈkɪlər ˌæp] / US noun [countable] Word forms killer app : singular killer app plural killer apps computing informal killer application: a piece of software that is so popular that it makes many people buy the computer system that it operates… …   English dictionary

  • killer app — a computer application that surpasses its competitors. [1990 95] * * * noun, pl ⋯ apps [count] : an extremely valuable or useful computer program * * * ˌkiller appliˈcation 7 [killer application] (also ˌkiller ˈapp) …   Useful english dictionary

  • killer app — ● ►en /kil l*r ap/ loc. f. ►ARGOT De killer application . Fonction nouvelle et fondamentale d un logiciel qui provoque la migration des utilisateurs de l ancienne version vers la nouvelle, ou d un produit vers un autre. Il a par exemple été dit… …   Dictionnaire d'informatique francophone

  • killer app — kill|er app [ kılər ,æp ] noun count COMPUTING killer application: a piece of software that is so popular that it makes many people use the computer system that it operates on …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • killer app — noun A killer application …   Wiktionary

  • killer app — kill′er app′ n. cmp a computer application that surpasses its competitors • Etymology: 1985–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • killer app — noun Date: 1988 a computer application of such great value or popularity that it assures the success of the technology with which it is associated; broadly a feature or component that in itself makes something worth having or using …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • killer app — a computer application that surpasses its competitors. [1990 95] * * * …   Universalium

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