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

After closing hundreds of locations in recent years, Sears plans to open three smaller stores in May in an attempt to reclaim shoppers by selling tools, appliances and other hard goods. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears, After Years of Closures, to Open Three Small-Format Stores," 4 Apr. 2019 Goodwill’s main website says acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, books, small appliances and small furniture. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "You’ve Kondo’d; now what to do with all that unwanted stuff," 26 Mar. 2019 The kitchen has compact Bosch appliances and cabinets from Ikea. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 But while American retailers pretend to honor the troops by slashing prices on appliances and other home goods, their Chinese counterparts are hawking discount products in celebration of Singles Day. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Singles Day, China’s anti-Valentine’s shopping holiday, is spreading to the US," 12 Nov. 2018 However, the size of your generator should be determined by your needs in an emergency, temporary situation—you're not looking to power each and every appliance and gadget during desperate times. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Buy a Standby Generator?," 11 Sep. 2018 Some products are worse than others, like large appliances and some home theater gear. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "You can slash home energy costs by just replacing light bulbs," 11 July 2018 Even developing countries are supposed to have stopped using CFC-11 (aka trichlorofluoromethane) in 2010, despite its historic utility in making appliances and foam building insulation. David Meyer, Fortune, "Someone Was Producing Tons of a Ozone-Destroying Chemical That Was Banned in 1987. Now We Know Who," 9 July 2018 Built in 2005, the house has 3½ baths, three fireplaces, custom millwork and cabinetry, cherry hardwood floors, a kitchen with Sub-Zero and Viking appliances and a two-car brick garage with a rooftop deck. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Kyle Calder sells Lakeview house for $1.45 million," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of appliance

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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