Household Appliance Vocabulary
These are appliances we use every day in our house. Each word includes a definition and example sentence:
broiler - device for broiling meat
That steak was done to perfection. Where did you get that boiler? It's fantastic.
can opener - a device to open cans by cutting around the edges of the rim.
Don't open that by hand. Use the can opener!
compactor - device for pressing together; crusher
You'd be surprised at how much garbage the compactor can put into one bag!
dishwasher - device that washes dishes
I don't know what I'd do without my dishwasher. I can't imagine having to wash all those dishes by hand!
dryer - device or appliance for removing moisture, as by hot air
Honey, where's the dryer? I've just taken a shower and I need to dry my hair.
fan - device for creating a current of air or a breeze
I really don't like using the air-conditioning. I much prefer this fan to keep things cool.
freezer - one that freezes, as a thermally insulated cabinet
He goes shopping and buys enough food to put into his freezer for a month.
furnace - structure or apparatus for generating heat
Could you check if the furnace is working? It seems so cold in here. It's a good idea to put a humidifier in the room for young babies when they have a cold.
icebox - insulated chest or box in which ice is put to cool
We have an icebox out in the backyard where we keep the beer. Feel free to help yourself!
iron - instrument used for taking the wrinkles out of a piece of clothing through heat
The production of modern materials such as permanent press has almost made the iron a thing of the past.
oven - chamber or enclosed compartment usually used to cook in, as in a stove
I like cooking potatoes in the oven instead of frying them.
refrigerator - appliance for maintaining foods at a low temperature, or producing ice
We keep the bread in the refrigerator.
shaver - one that shaves; a device used in shaving
I prefer using a shaver instead of a razor.
stove - device used to provide heat (either electric or gas) to cook food
I really don't know how to cook. About the only thing I can do is boil an egg on the stove.
toaster - device used to toast bread, esp. by exposure to heat
Could you pop this bread into the toaster?
vacuum cleaner - appliance using suction to clean surfaces
I used the vacuum cleaner to clean all the rugs - they really needed it.
Now that you have studied these words, continue to the pronunciation and quiz page. On this page you will find a list of the vocabulary studied and a sound file (using RealPlayer) with the correct pronunciation of the words. Below this you will find a quiz using these words, use each word in the list once to complete the quiz.
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