AskDefine | Define appliance

Dictionary Definition



1 a device that is very useful for a particular job [syn: contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget]
2 durable goods for home or office use

User Contributed Dictionary



From the English apply.


  • /əˈplaɪəns/, /@"plaI@ns/
    Rhymes: -aɪəns


  1. The act of applying; application.
  2. An implement, an instrument or apparatus designed (or at least used) as a means to a specific end (often specified).
  3. 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.
  4. An attachment, some equipment (or - piece) to adapt another tool or machine to such specific purpose
  5. (obsolete) compliance


a device in its own right
to adapt other equipment


Extensive Definition

Appliance may refer to a device with a narrow function:

Networking of home appliances

There is an increasing trend to network home appliances together, and combine their controls and key functions. For instance, energy distribution can be managed more evenly so that when the washing machine is on, the oven can go into a delayed start mode, or vice versa. Or, a washing machine and dryer may share information about load characteristics (gentle/normal, light/full), and synchronize their finish times so the wet laundry does not have to wait before being put in the dryer.
appliance in German: Elektrogerät
appliance in Japanese: アプライアンス

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