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

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Her refurbished condo sprang from her imagination to real life, dressed in marine-blue walls, slab floors, gleaming cabinets and new appliances. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "The Year Hurricane Harvey Swamped a Neighborhood—and Split a Friendship," 16 Aug. 2018 Interior renovations adorned the home with fresh paint, flooring and modern finishes, including a kitchen with new cabinets, appliances and countertops. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park's 'first and oldest' home is on the market," 2 July 2018 The main house includes a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets and high-end appliances as well as six en-suite bedrooms. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Three suburban Philly pools fit for an epic staycation," 5 June 2018 The cooking zone comes complete with Corian countertops, teak cabinets, Sub-Zero appliances and a laundry closet. Megan Stein, PEOPLE.com, "Cobie Smulders and Husband Taran Killam Unload New York City Penthouse for $3.1 Million," 30 May 2018 Also, the builder may offer customization options, like color schemes, flooring, kitchen cabinets or appliances, that allow you a degree of personalization. Kenya Burell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Which home is right for you — new or resale?," 20 May 2018 No cabinets or appliances, just drywall, dust and tour officials explaining that the kitchen isn't part of the tour. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Some designer showhouse, Kansas City. Where's the kitchen? | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 The modern kitchen is appointed with red cabinets, stainless steel appliances, heated flooring, huge island, and an eating area overlooking the lake. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Rocky River midcentury with private beach asks $1.98 million: House of the Week," 4 May 2018 The galley kitchen, upgraded with the newest countertops, cabinets and appliances, also includes a milk window, a holdover from the dairy delivery service employed during that era. Lisa Van Loo, azcentral, "Historic apartment house relocated, renovated into home in Roosevelt Historic District," 3 May 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 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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