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appliance

Syllabification: ap·pli·ance
Pronunciation: /əˈplīəns
 
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Definition of appliance in English:

noun

1A device or piece of equipment designed to perform a specific task, typically a domestic one: electrical and gas appliances
More example sentences
  • In its simplest form, it is a data delivery appliance designed specifically for performance, low cost of ownership, and reliability.
  • 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.
1.1An 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • It is about the personal appliance of science,’ says the Operations Director.
  • Eventually, a laboratory will be added to the four spacious studios, bringing the appliance of science to the analysis of paintings.

Words that rhyme with appliance

alliance, compliance, defiance, misalliance, neuroscience, reliance, science

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