Definition of appliance in English:



  • 1A device or piece of equipment designed to perform a specific task.

    ‘electrical and gas appliances’
    • ‘If you answer ‘yes’ it would allow you to make choices, such as a vehicle, household appliance, garden equipment, and so on.’
    • ‘All projects used a major wood heating appliance with integrated domestic water heating.’
    • ‘In the comments he compares the pleasure he gets from working his will on a recalcitrant domestic appliance to the triumph a caveman felt when slaying a mastodon.’
    • ‘There was a time when one had to hop from shop to shop, verify prices and settle on one shop for each domestic appliance.’
    • ‘Seizing what seems to be an ordinary domestic appliance, he energetically attacks the prostrate form on the table.’
    • ‘I remember well, but to go back to the time this handy appliance wasn't part of every kitchen's equipment is practically unthinkable now.’
    • ‘The odd thing is that since I wrote that piece I've seen that very 1960s vintage appliance two or three times on TV.’
    • ‘It's a very specialized kitchen appliance - you can't use it to cook anything else I can think of.’
    • ‘With refrigerators, perhaps the most costly household appliance, production in China overtook that of the US in 2000.’
    • ‘It has since become my favorite household appliance.’
    • ‘It's not the latest designer outfit or high-end household appliance - it's technology.’
    • ‘As our 50-plus years in business would suggest we are always pleased to offer advice about any domestic appliance.’
    • ‘Who hasn't staged an impromptu stand-off with an umbrella, broomstick or the nearest domestic appliance to hand?’
    • ‘First she might fuse the handle of a domestic appliance with an ergonomic detergent bottle to create an unfamiliar palm-sized plaster sculpture.’
    • ‘It takes a passion for innovation to consistently develop leading-edge appliance designs.’
    • ‘I have, however been exposed to the normal electromagnetic field produced in any appliance on the domestic AC supply so I should be OK.’
    • ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to show you the greatest kitchen appliance ever made.’
    • ‘With harmless colours like a mild metallic lilac and beige, it looks more like a feminine home appliance than traditional home office equipment.’
    • ‘In its simplest form, it is a data delivery appliance designed specifically for performance, low cost of ownership, and reliability.’
    • ‘I checked with an electrician who said that appliances thrive in cold, and I placed every appliance in the freezer overnight.’
    device, machine, instrument, gadget, contraption, apparatus, utensil, implement, tool, mechanism, contrivance, labour-saving device, amenity, aid
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  • 2British A fire engine.

    ‘three fire appliances were rushed to the scene’
    ‘one appliance attended the fire’
    • ‘As smoke started billowing from the roof, five appliances arrived.’
    • ‘One appliance attended the fire, which started in a tractor but spread to a nearby trailer.’
    • ‘Essex Fire and Rescue Service had 55 firefighters, six fire engines, an aerial appliance and a control unit on the scene at the height of the fire.’
    • ‘If there is a property fire it requires a minimum of two appliances.’
    • ‘He said the service was expected to benefit from more than 574 additional firefighters and 18 new appliances.’
    • ‘Sirens flashing, a rescue appliance was dispatched with the crew on board not knowing if they should put on their helmets.’
    • ‘Two fire engines and a high-reach appliance were sent out to an industrial unit at the junction of County Road and Station Road.’
    • ‘Where there is an issue of the safety of the crew, we will not send one appliance on its own.’
    • ‘The locak fire station is due to receive the appliance early next month.’
    • ‘The keys to another new appliance, a new fire engine carrying new, lighter-weight rescue equipment, were also handed over by the mayor yesterday.’
    • ‘"They hated seeing shots of the appliance pulling up because they pride themselves on getting there with a very fast response time," recalls Jennings.’
    • ‘A Humberside Fire Service appliance was attending an out-of-control bonfire and was on Brigg Road with its blue lights and sirens on.’
    • ‘The international standard is for a minimum of four fire personnel per appliance.’
    • ‘West Yorkshire Fire Authority has already approved plans to scrap an aerial appliance at Stanningley fire station earlier this month.’
    • ‘Five minutes later, one appliance went to a cooker ablaze in Fairclough Avenue but that had been put out before they arrived.’
    • ‘Appliances from the fire stations responded and officers quickly extinguished the blaze.’
    • ‘At a call in Wilton Grove, stones, missiles, and fireworks were fired, damaging the windscreen of the appliance.’
    • ‘The fire started to go through the roof and that's when the aerial appliance was brought in.’
    • ‘A well-drilled two appliance team from the fire brigade arrived and set about hosing down the road without delay.’
    • ‘The fire station was called but the appliance took approximately 45 minutes to arrive, he said.’
    • ‘The man, who was the station officer when I joined the brigade, told me he was in the brigade in the days of the horse drawn appliance which had a steam driven pump.’
  • 3British mass noun The action or process of bringing something into operation.

    ‘the appliance of science could increase crop yields’
    • ‘Eventually, a laboratory will be added to the four spacious studios, bringing the appliance of science to the analysis of paintings.’
    • ‘It is about the personal appliance of science,’ says the Operations Director.’
    • ‘The appliance of science is still alive and well in our schools, judging by the number of entries for this year's Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.’
    • ‘It's the creative appliance of science - and in the hands of a man like David, it can be inspiring.’
    • ‘At the same time the fact that the European Union has changed directions concerning the support of Greek agriculture, and the appliance of a new Common Agricultural Policy have led farmers into new conditions needing adaptations (and familiarization).’
    • ‘The appliance of science has not passed cricket by.’
    • ‘The appliance of science got pupils from across the borough turning into budding Wordsworths.’
    • ‘It is self-understood, however, that the appliance of this rule will depend upon the peculiar laws of each country, and that, apart from legal obstacles, no independent local society shall be precluded from directly corresponding with the General’
    • ‘He was particularly animated about the need for less process and more appliance of the code according to relationships, dialogue and trust between the board and its investors.’
    • ‘The two researchers, of Sheffield Hallam University, reckon that the simple appliance of some logical science will consign sitting on a suitcase to jam it shut firmly in the past.’
    • ‘In this training part, the consequences of the Gatekeeper Law are discussed and advice is given about the appliance of this law.’
    application, use, exercise, employment, implementation, administration, utilization, practice, applying, discharge, exertion, execution, prosecution, enactment, carrying out, accomplishment, putting into operation, putting into practice
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