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appliance Line breaks: ap¦pli|ance
Pronunciation: /əˈplʌɪəns/

Definition of appliance in English:


1A device or piece of equipment designed to perform a specific task: electrical and gas appliances
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  • 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.
2 (also fire appliance) British A fire engine: three fire appliances were rushed to the scene one appliance attended the fire
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  • Two fire engines and a high-reach appliance were sent out to an industrial unit at the junction of County Road and Station Road.
  • 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.
  • The keys to another new appliance, a new fire engine carrying new, lighter-weight rescue equipment, were also handed over by the mayor yesterday.
3 [mass noun] British The action or process of bringing something into operation: the appliance of science could increase crop yields
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  • 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.
application, use, exercise, employment, implementation, administration, utilization, practice, applying, discharge, exertion, execution, prosecution, enactment, carrying out, accomplishment, putting into operation/practice
formal praxis

Words that rhyme with appliance

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