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[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), applianced, appliancing.
to equip with appliances:
a fully applianced kitchen.
Origin of appliance
1555-65; apply + -ance
Related forms
reappliance, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for appliance
  • It pays to do some homework before calling an appliance repairman.
  • Sometimes one acquires a gadget or an appliance that changes one's life.
  • But consumer groups and local governments, which must clean up illegally dumped rubbish, leant heavily on the appliance makers.
  • Many retailers will pick up your old appliance when delivering the new one to properly dispose it.
  • Most require purchase of a new energy-efficient appliance and proof of recycling for the old appliance.
  • Before it is sprayed, the appliance must be sanded, cleaned of surface lint and primed.
  • Many have adopted building codes and appliance standards that dictate minimum levels of efficiency.
  • Consumers are often taken aback by how much appliance service technicians charge for a home visit.
  • But the appliance of science to politics was popular under capitalism too.
  • Incorrect installation can also shorten the life span of an appliance.
British Dictionary definitions for appliance


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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Word Origin and History for appliance

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
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appliance in Medicine

appliance ap·pli·ance (ə-plī'əns)
A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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