appliance

noun
ap·​pli·​ance | \ ə-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce appliance (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Purchases at electronics and appliance stores jumped more than 10%. Christopher Rugaber And Joseph Pisani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Spending up, layoffs down: Promising signs for US economy," 16 Apr. 2021 Purchases at electronics and appliance stores jumped more than 10%. Christopher Rugaber And Joseph Pisani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Spending up, layoffs down: Promising signs for US economy," 16 Apr. 2021 Purchases at electronics and appliance stores jumped more than 10%. Christopher Rugaber And Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, "With layoffs down and spending up, US rebound gains momentum," 15 Apr. 2021 On the outside, this is a seriously robust appliance, featuring a sawhorse chassis for stability, a side-lift bar, and heavy-duty all-terrain wheels. Adria Greenhauff, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Barbecue Smokers for Pitmaster-Quality Meals at Home," 14 Apr. 2021 An air fryer is generally a much safer appliance than a deep fryer. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best air fryer for two people," 14 Apr. 2021 Next to my coffee machine and kettle, my food processor is the kitchen appliance that sees the most use, week after week. Gear Team, Wired, "The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More," 10 Apr. 2021 Tabletop options are large and can weigh ten pounds or more but offer multiple burners, fine heat control, and cooking power that rivals a kitchen appliance. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Camp Stoves For Cooking Up Feasts," 26 Mar. 2021 On the contrary, electronics and appliance stores and clothing stores saw sales decrease by more than 14% from last year. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Retail sales increased during the holiday season compared to previous year," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Appliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appliance. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for appliance

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 How to pronounce appliance (audio) \

Kids Definition of appliance

: a piece of household equipment that performs a particular job

appliance

noun
ap·​pli·​ance | \ ə-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce appliance (audio) \

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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