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appliance (n.)

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

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Definitions of appliance from WordNet

appliance (n.)
a device or control that is very useful for a particular job;
Synonyms: contraption / contrivance / convenience / gadget / gizmo / gismo / widget
appliance (n.)
durable goods for home or office use;
From wordnet.princeton.edu