a machine that is designed to do a particular thing in the home, such as preparing food, heating or cleaning electrical/household appliances They sell a wide range of domestic appliances—washing machines, dishwashers and so on. modern heating appliances of all types Wordfinderappliances, cookware, fashion, furnishings, hardware, linen, lingerie, menswear, stationery, store See related entries: Departments in stores, How machines workExtra examples Always switch off appliances that are not in use. Many household appliances are expensive to run. Turn off all combustion appliances such as water heaters. They sell household appliances. We repair modern heating appliances of all types.