noun ap·pli·ance \ə-ˈplī-ən(t)s\

: a machine (such as a stove, microwave, or dishwasher) that is powered by electricity and that is used in people's houses to perform a particular job

Full Definition of APPLIANCE

:  an act of applying
a :  a piece of equipment for adapting a tool or machine to a special purpose :  attachment
b :  an instrument or device designed for a particular use or function <an orthodontic appliance>; specifically :  a household or office device (as a stove, fan, or refrigerator) operated by gas or electric current
c British :  fire engine
obsolete :  compliance

Examples of APPLIANCE

  1. All household appliances are now on sale.
  2. <since the invention of the cork, all manner of appliances have been invented for the extraction of these sometimes troublesome stoppers>

First Known Use of APPLIANCE


Synonym Discussion of APPLIANCE

implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing work. implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task <crude stone implements> <farm implements>. tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement <a carpenter's tools>. instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work <the dentist's instruments>. appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment <household appliances>. utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity <kitchen utensils>.

Rhymes with APPLIANCE

APPLIANCES Defined for Kids


noun ap·pli·ance \ə-ˈplī-əns\

Definition of APPLIANCE for Kids

:  a piece of household equipment that performs a particular job
Medical Dictionary


noun ap·pli·ance \ə-ˈplī-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of APPLIANCE

:  an instrument or device designed for a particular use <prosthetic appliances> <an orthodontic appliance used to move misaligned teeth into proper occlusion>


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