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appliance

1. any piece of equipment having a specific function
2. a device fitted to a machine or tool to adapt it for a specific purpose
3. another name for a fire engine
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appliance

[ə′plī·əns]
(engineering)
A piece of equipment that draws electric or other energy and produces a desired work-saving or other result, such as an electric heater, a radio, or an electronic range.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

appliance, appliance equipment

Any device (other than industrial) which utilizes gas or electricity as a fuel to produce air-conditioning, heat, light, refrigeration, or to perform one or more functions such as dishwashing; usually built in a standard size or type and installed or connected as a unit.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

appliance

A stand-alone hardware device or software environment dedicated to a specific task. See hardware appliance and software appliance.
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