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appliance

[uh-plahy-uh ns] /əˈplaɪ əns/
noun
1.
an instrument, apparatus, or device for a particular purpose or use.
2.
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.
3.
the act of applying; application.
4.
Archaic. a measure; stratagem.
5.
Obsolete, compliance.
verb (used with object), applianced, appliancing.
6.
to equip with appliances:
a fully applianced kitchen.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; apply + -ance
Related forms
reappliance, noun
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Examples for appliances
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for appliances

appliance

/əˈplaɪəns/
noun
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 and History for appliances
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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appliances in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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