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appliance

noun
     
ap‧pli‧ance [countable]
DH a piece of equipment, especially electrical equipment, such as a cooker or washing machine, used in people's homes
domestic/household etc appliance
There's plenty of space for all the usual kitchen appliances.
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machine, device, gadget, appliance
A machine is a piece of equipment that uses power to do a particular job. It is usually large and stays in the same place a machine that sorts mail a washing machineYou use the words device and gadget especially when you think the equipment is very cleverly designed. A device is a piece of equipment that does a particular job, for example takes measurements or controls the operation of a machine. It may use electrical power or be used by hand a device for detecting blood alcohol levels from breath samples a temperature control deviceA gadget is a small piece of equipment that does something useful or impressive one of those gadgets that sorts coins kitchen gadgetsAn appliance is a piece of electrical equipment used in your home such as a washing machine or fridge. This word is used especially by the companies that produce and sell them the world's largest producer of household appliances domestic appliancesSee also machine
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