Part of speech: noun

The act of applying; a device; tool; instrument.

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Usage examples "appliance":

  1. Many of the oaks on the Welbeck estate were transplanted thither under the fourth Duke's direction, a mechanical appliance being used for the purpose. - "The Portland Peerage Romance", Charles J. Archard.
  2. His advertisement did not produce a single inquiry, and he shrunk from spending more money in such an apparently unprofitable appliance. - "David Elginbrod", George MacDonald.
  3. There had been the little room in which the girls painted, joining their father's studio and sharing its light, surrounded by every pretty female appliance. - "Ayala's Angel", Anthony Trollope.