Definition of appliance
1 : an act of applying
2a : a piece of equipment for adapting a tool or machine to a special purpose : attachmentb : 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 currentc British : fire engine
3 obsolete : compliance
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
Recent Examples of appliance from the Web
Among those that may be considered: aluminum, semiconductors, paper, and appliances like washing machines.
Units will have energy-efficient appliances, hardwood-style flooring, ceiling fans and up-to-date kitchens.
The appliance was made by Hotpoint, and the company said the fridge was not under recall, but was retesting the model in light of the fire.
Metro Louisville leaders also pointed to contributions from FirstBuild, a maker space that's turning out innovations in home appliances, and from efforts in recent years to increase the size of the region's skilled workforce.
Generations of shoppers outfitted their homes with its Craftsman tools and Kenmore appliances.
Both companies are making a calculation that reining back logistics and shipping costs by producing appliances close to U.S. customers will more than offset potentially higher labor costs.
At Fnac, Bompard wowed investors by steering the retailer in a high-tech direction and by leading the acquisition of appliance chain Darty.
Power-hungry appliances like air conditioning are rarely used, and in the hot summer weather, many residents flock to the beach at sundown to break the daily Ramadan fast because their homes are so uncomfortable.
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First Known Use of appliance
Synonym Discussion of appliance
APPLIANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appliance for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of appliance for Students
: a piece of household equipment that performs a particular job
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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