appliance

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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

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.

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.

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).