[ uh-plahy-uh ns ]
/ əˈplaɪ əns /


an instrument, apparatus, or device for a particular purpose or use.
a piece of equipment, usually operated electrically, especially for use in the home or for performance of domestic chores, as a refrigerator, washing machine, or toaster.
the act of applying; application.
Archaic. a measure; stratagem.
Obsolete. compliance.

verb (used with object), ap·pli·anced, ap·pli·anc·ing.

to equip with appliances: a fully applianced kitchen.

Origin of appliance

First recorded in 1555–65; apply + -ance


re·ap·pli·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for appliance

/ (əˈplaɪəns) /


a machine or device, esp an electrical one used domestically
any piece of equipment having a specific function
a device fitted to a machine or tool to adapt it for a specific purpose
another name for a fire engine
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Medical definitions for appliance

[ ə-plīəns ]


A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
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