What does appliance mean?

Definitions for appliance
əˈplaɪ ənsap·pli·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widgetnoun

    a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

  2. appliancenoun

    durable goods for home or office use


  1. Appliancenoun

    Specifically: An apparatus or device, usually powered electrically, used in homes to perform domestic functions. An appliance is often categorized as a major appliance or a minor appliance by its cost. Common major appliances are the refrigerator, washing machine, clothes drier, oven, and dishwasher. Some minor appliances are a toaster, vacuum cleaner or microwave oven.


  1. appliancenoun

    The act of applying; application.

    Etymology: Recorded since the 1560s. From the English apply + -ance.

  2. appliancenoun

    An implement, an instrument or apparatus designed (or at least used) as a means to a specific end (often specified).

    Etymology: Recorded since the 1560s. From the English apply + -ance.

  3. appliancenoun

    Specifically: A non-manual apparatus or device, powered electrically or by another small motor, used in homes to perform domestic functions (household appliance) and/or in offices.

    Etymology: Recorded since the 1560s. From the English apply + -ance.

  4. appliancenoun

    An attachment, some equipment (or - piece) to adapt another tool or machine to such specific purpose

    When the boy hid father's feared cane, his bum soon found out the hard way how many sturdy appliances at home can double as perfectly painful spanking appliance

    Etymology: Recorded since the 1560s. From the English apply + -ance.

  5. appliancenoun

    (obsolete) A compliance

    Etymology: Recorded since the 1560s. From the English apply + -ance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appliancenoun

    the act of applying; application; [Obs.] subservience

  2. Appliancenoun

    the thing applied or used as a means to an end; an apparatus or device; as, to use various appliances; a mechanical appliance; a machine with its appliances

Editors Contribution

  1. appliance

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    There are a variety of appliances across the world all created for a variety of purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appliance in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appliance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of appliance in a Sentence

  1. Lynette Kucsma:

    There's a touchscreen on the front that connects to a recipe site in the cloud, so it's an internet-of-things, connected kitchen appliance.

  2. Gil Shwed:

    Our newly launched security appliance lines optimized for threat prevention ... resulted in a marked increase in unit sales.

  3. Tom Carter:

    We have everything from consumer electronics companies making things like speakers, radios, alarm clocks, through home appliance companies making cooker hoods, washing machines, to virtual reality in gaming companies. And we were very surprised at how keen the automotive industry is to work with us, i'd like to believe that the first product featuring our technology will be on the shelves in a year, that's our aim.

  4. Mark Sasicki:

    Your kids' cellphones are Samsung, those kids become young adults, those young adults become adults, it plays into their appliance business.

  5. Frank Sinatra:

    I think in my generation, when I came along in the early '60s, the type of music that was in vogue in society in those days had moved on to another kind of music, i was trying to sell antiques in a modern appliance store.

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