Definition of appliance in US English:

appliance

noun

  • 1A device or piece of equipment designed to perform a specific task, typically a domestic one.

    ‘electrical and gas appliances’
    • ‘I have, however been exposed to the normal electromagnetic field produced in any appliance on the domestic AC supply so I should be OK.’
    • ‘There was a time when one had to hop from shop to shop, verify prices and settle on one shop for each domestic appliance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In its simplest form, it is a data delivery appliance designed specifically for performance, low cost of ownership, and reliability.’
    • ‘With refrigerators, perhaps the most costly household appliance, production in China overtook that of the US in 2000.’
    • ‘It's a very specialized kitchen appliance - you can't use it to cook anything else I can think of.’
    • ‘Seizing what seems to be an ordinary domestic appliance, he energetically attacks the prostrate form on the table.’
    • ‘If you answer ‘yes’ it would allow you to make choices, such as a vehicle, household appliance, garden equipment, and so on.’
    • ‘First she might fuse the handle of a domestic appliance with an ergonomic detergent bottle to create an unfamiliar palm-sized plaster sculpture.’
    • ‘With harmless colours like a mild metallic lilac and beige, it looks more like a feminine home appliance than traditional home office equipment.’
    • ‘It takes a passion for innovation to consistently develop leading-edge appliance designs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I checked with an electrician who said that appliances thrive in cold, and I placed every appliance in the freezer overnight.’
    • ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to show you the greatest kitchen appliance ever made.’
    • ‘It has since become my favorite household appliance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All projects used a major wood heating appliance with integrated domestic water heating.’
    • ‘The odd thing is that since I wrote that piece I've seen that very 1960s vintage appliance two or three times on TV.’
    • ‘Who hasn't staged an impromptu stand-off with an umbrella, broomstick or the nearest domestic appliance to hand?’
    device, machine, instrument, gadget, contraption, apparatus, utensil, implement, tool, mechanism, contrivance, labour-saving device, amenity, aid
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    1. 1.1 An apparatus fitted by a surgeon or a dentist for corrective or therapeutic purpose.
  • 2British The action or process of bringing something into operation.

    ‘the appliance of science could increase crop yields’
    • ‘It is about the personal appliance of science,’ says the Operations Director.’
    • ‘The appliance of science has not passed cricket by.’
    • ‘It's the creative appliance of science - and in the hands of a man like David, it can be inspiring.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘In this training part, the consequences of the Gatekeeper Law are discussed and advice is given about the appliance of this law.’
    • ‘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 got pupils from across the borough turning into budding Wordsworths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually, a laboratory will be added to the four spacious studios, bringing the appliance of science to the analysis of paintings.’
    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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Pronunciation

appliance

/əˈplīəns//əˈplaɪəns/