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appliance

[ uh-plahy-uh ns ]
/ əˈplaɪ əns /
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noun

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.

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device, instrument, gadget, tool, implement, apparatus, mechanism

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applet, appleton, appleton layer, appleton, sir edward victor, appley, appliance, appliance garage, applicability, applicable, applicant, application

Origin of appliance

First recorded in 1555–65; apply + -ance
Related formsre·ap·pli·ance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for appliance

appliance

/ (əˈplaɪəns) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for appliance

appliance


n.

1560s, "action of putting into use," from apply + -ance. Meaning "instrument, thing applied for a purpose" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for appliance

appliance

[ ə-plīəns ]

n.

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