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

Recent Examples on the Web

In just under two hours, Amazon announced more than a dozen new products aimed at everything from home audio and entertainment to kitchen appliances and in-car infotainment. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon wants Alexa to be the operating system for your life," 27 Sep. 2018 This pretty kitchen appliance can now be put to work daily for lots of good-for-you options. 7. Cathy Deimeke, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: What can I do to make healthy eating fun and easy for my kids?," 4 July 2018 Melanie, who formerly operated her own catering business, purchased state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, including a convection oven and a separate steam oven, and then Brooks designed cabinetry to accommodate them. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 2018 The most popular items for tag sales are baby equipment, furniture, sporting equipment, toys, kitchen appliances, framed art, books, and tools. 4. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Time To Tag Sale?," 29 May 2018 These items range from tech gadgets to travel products, kitchen appliances, sporting equipment, healthy snacks and more. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "The most popular (and unexpected) items our readers shopped this month," 8 Mar. 2018 Moore added with a laugh, referencing the kitchen appliance that played a part in the demise of her TV husband played by Milo Ventimiglia. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Mandy Moore Tries Not to Laugh While Playing 'Why Is Mandy Crying' with Ellen DeGeneres," 1 Mar. 2018 While steeply priced at $600 apiece, each kitchen appliance is a work of functional art. Sunset, "Couture Kitchenware Is Now a Thing," 22 Jan. 2018 Attached on board the appliance is the cleaning solution and a brush nozzle to use for extra scrubbing. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019

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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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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 \

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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