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Appliance refers to two classes of objects:
  • One class of objects includes items that are custom-fitted to an individual for the purpose of correction of a physical problem, such as orthotic appliances.
  • The other class of objects includes items that accomplish routine household tasks, using electricity or some other energy input. These are grouped into two categories: small appliances and major appliances. Such items as toilets and sinks are not appliances, but plumbing fixtures[?], because they operate only with water and not with another energy input.

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