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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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Simultaneous use of cervical appliance and activator: an orthopedic approach to fixed appliance therapy.
A second phase of fixed appliance therapy was used to reduce the remaining overbite and to detail the occlusion.
The patients with the bony impactions in ectopic position were treated with fixed appliances (Figs 1 to 4).