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.

1555–65; apply + -ance

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World English Dictionary
appliance (əˈplaɪəns)
1.  a machine or device, esp an electrical one used domestically
2.  any piece of equipment having a specific function
3.  a device fitted to a machine or tool to adapt it for a specific purpose
4.  another name for a fire engine

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Word Origin & History

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

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

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Example sentences
Your home appliances may be running up your energy bills for several reasons.
Some small appliances perform the same or similar function as their larger counterparts.
Small appliances often have a home version and a commercial version.
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