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appurtenance

Something that is an accessory to something but not an integral part of it is an appurtenance. If you buy a car, you may want to purchase a few appurtenances for it, like an ice scraper and fuzzy dice to hang from your rear view mirror.

The noun appurtenance does not only refer to tangible objects, such as appurtenances of a certain lifestyle. It can also mean equipment or gear for a certain task. By the time you fill your locker with all the appurtenances of a high school student, you won't have room for a coat. Perhaps the appurtenances you should invest in are heavy sweatshirts.

Definitions of appurtenance
  1. noun
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    synonyms: gear, paraphernalia
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    fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, rig, tackle
    gear used in fishing
    kit, outfit
    gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose
    regalia
    paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office)
    rig
    gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise
    rigging, tackle
    gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
    saddlery, stable gear, tack
    gear for a horse
    bit
    piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
    caparison, housing, trapping
    stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
    carpenter's kit, tool kit
    a set of carpenter's tools
    cinch, girth
    stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
    crown jewels
    regalia (jewelry and other paraphernalia) worn by a sovereign on state occasions
    drill rig, drilling rig, oil rig, oilrig
    rig used in drilling for oil or gas
    first-aid kit
    kit consisting of a set of bandages and medicines for giving first aid
    hame
    stable gear consisting of either of two curved supports that are attached to the collar of a draft horse and that hold the traces
    harness
    stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
    headgear
    stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
    layette
    kit consisting of a complete outfit (clothing and accessories) for a new baby
    martingale
    a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth; prevents the horse from throwing back its head
    mess kit
    kit containing a metal dish and eating utensils; used by soldiers and campers
    horse blanket, saddle blanket, saddlecloth
    stable gear consisting of a blanket placed under the saddle
    sewing kit
    a kit of articles used in sewing
    yoke
    stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
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    equipment
    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
  2. noun
    a supplementary component that improves capability
    synonyms: accessory, add-on, supplement
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    auto accessory
    an accessory for an automobile
    computer accessory
    an accessory for a computer
    fitting
    a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
    fixings, trimmings
    the accessories that normally accompany (something or some activity)
    gas fitting
    the fitting (pipes or valves or meters) that convey gas from the gas main to the gas fixtures of a building
    pipe fitting, pipefitting
    fitting consisting of threaded pieces of pipe for joining pipes together
    receptacle
    an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
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    component, constituent, element
    an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
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