appliance

noun
ap·​pli·​ance | \ ə-ˈplī-ən(t)s \
plural appliances

Definition of appliance

1 : an act of applying
2a : 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 (such as a stove, fan, or refrigerator) operated by gas or electric current
c British : fire engine
d : an artificial part or mask that is worn as part of an actor's makeup or costume … more grown-ups are shelling out for scary facial appliances—wounds, snouts and horns—to create the creepy characters they've dreamed up on their own.— Dana Coffield
e computing : information appliance A growing number of companies are coming up with ways [in 2000] to turn ordinary phones into Internet appliances.— Sharon Cleary
3 obsolete : compliance

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of appliance in a Sentence

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

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And appliance manufacturer Big Chill has been offering color in the kitchen for 15 years. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 Keith McLoughlin, a Campbell board member and former CEO of appliance maker Electrolux, will become interim CEO. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Campbell Soup CEO suddenly exits as U.S. soup sales struggle," 18 May 2018 That means voice would be better suited to inexpensive goods that people buy often, rather than discretionary purchases like appliances. Rani Molla, Recode, "Amazon wants brands to advertise Alexa voice shopping — essentially for free," 26 Nov. 2018 Comments on the post included another photo of what appears to be the same vehicle with a different appliance on the hood and also a full roof rack. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Dangerous delivery ꟷ Jeep driver spotted with washing machine on his hood," 19 July 2018 An app like Centriq keeps track of user’s manuals for appliances. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 White walls and minimalist decor bring a sense of spaciousness to the interiors, which feature stainless-steel appliances, European bathroom fixtures and polished concrete floors. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "It's not an emergency, but Sherry Stringfield is looking for a buyer in Malibu," 7 May 2018 The apartments matched photos on Airbnb listings, down to the furniture, light fixtures and appliances. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Landlords turned 14 San Francisco apartments into illegal Airbnbs, suit says," 1 May 2018 The e-commerce shop sells millions of products including outdoor and indoor furniture, home decor, lighting fixtures and appliances in a range of styles from modern to rustic to coastal. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "Wayfair: New shopping holiday 'Way Day' coming April 25," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of appliance

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of appliance was in 1555

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appliance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of appliance

: 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

appliance

noun
ap·​pli·​ance | \ ə-ˈplī-əns \

Kids Definition of appliance

: a piece of household equipment that performs a particular job

appliance

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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