1. an instrument, apparatus, or device for a particular purpose or use.
  2. a piece of equipment, usually operated electrically, especially for use in the home or for performance of domestic chores, as a refrigerator, washing machine, or toaster.
  3. the act of applying; application.
  4. Archaic. a measure; stratagem.
  5. Obsolete. compliance.

verb (used with object), ap·pli·anced, ap·pli·anc·ing.

  1. to equip with appliances: a fully applianced kitchen.


  1. a machine or device, esp an electrical one used domestically
  2. any piece of equipment having a specific function
  3. a device fitted to a machine or tool to adapt it for a specific purpose
  4. another name for a fire engine

1560s, “action of putting into use,” from apply + -ance. Meaning “instrument, thing applied for a purpose” is from 1590s.


  1. A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
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