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 for toaster
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Toaster \Toast"er\, n.
     1. One who toasts.
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     2. A kitchen utensil for toasting bread, cheese, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Appliance \Ap*pli"ance\, n.
     1. The act of applying; application.
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     2. subservience; compliance. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. A thing applied or used as a means to an end; an apparatus
        or device; as, to use various appliances; a mechanical
        appliance; a machine with its appliances.
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     4. Specifically: An apparatus or device, usually powered
        electrically, used in homes to perform domestic functions.
        An appliance is often categorized as a major appliance or
        a minor appliance by its cost. Common major appliances are
        the refrigerator, washing machine, clothes drier,
        oven, and dishwasher. Some minor appliances are a
        toaster, vacuum cleaner or microwave oven.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  toaster
      n 1: someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the
           health of success of someone or some venture [syn:
           toaster, wassailer]
      2: a kitchen appliance (usually electric) for toasting bread

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  toaster
   n.
  
      1. The archetypal really stupid application for an embedded microprocessor
      controller; often used in comments that imply that a scheme is
      elevator+controller).+?{DWIM">inappropriate technology (but see elevator controller). ?{DWIM for an
      assembler? That'd be as silly as running Unix on your toaster!?
  
      2. A very, very dumb computer. ?You could run this program on any dumb
      toaster.? See bitty box, Get a real computer!, toy, beige toaster.
  
      3. A Macintosh, esp. a Mac in the original unitary case. Some hold that
      this is implied by sense 2.
  
      4. A peripheral device. ?I bought my box without toasters, but since then
      I've added two boards and a second disk drive.?
  
      5. A specialized computer used as an appliance. See web toaster, video
      toaster.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  toaster
  
      1. The archetypal really stupid application for an
     embedded microprocessor controller; often used in comments
     that imply that a scheme is inappropriate technology (but see
     elevator+controller).++"{DWIM">elevator controller).  "{DWIM for an assembler?  That'd be
     as silly as running Unix on your toaster!"
  
     2. A very, very dumb computer. "You could run this program on
     any dumb toaster."
  
     See bitty box, Get a real computer!, toy, beige
     toaster.
  
     3. A Macintosh, especially the Classic Mac.  Some hold
     that this is implied by sense 2.
  
     4. A peripheral device.  "I bought my box without toasters,
     but since then I've added two boards and a second disk drive".
  
     This is not usually to be taken literally but, to show off the
     expansion capabilities of the Risc PC, Acorn Computers
     Ltd. built a seven-slice machine (which they called "the
     rocket-ship") and installed every imaginable peripheral.  In a
     spare drive bay of the top slice they installed a toaster.
     This machine was exhibited at various shows where it attracted
     attention by occasionally ejecting a pizza.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1997-07-18)
  

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