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
The American appliance giant on Wednesday filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.
Introducing a speaker would serve two main purposes: providing a hub to automate appliances and lights via Apple's HomeKit system, and establishing a bulwark inside the home to lock customers more tightly into Apple's network of services.
The great room also contains a library and casual dining area; beyond that is an open chef’s kitchen equipped with stainless-steel appliances, wood cabinets, a butler’s pantry and a central island with seating.
Last year, Toshiba sold its household appliance business to Midea Group of China, which is using the Toshiba brand name.
Standard features include a three-car garage (a two-car garage with villa homes), stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, granite countertops and custom cabinetry.
The Seattle company now sells just about anything, from groceries to small appliances, and has been blamed for taking business away from department stores, supermarkets and clothing retailers.
The kitchen has a breakfast bar, stainless appliances, white custom cabinetry, granite counter tops and walk-in pantry.
Save up to 40 percent off select appliances and sales on mulch and garden soil at Lowe's.
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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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