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apparatus

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noun, ap·pa·ra·tus \ˌa-pə-ˈra-təs, -ˈrā-\

Simple Definition of apparatus

  • : a tool or piece of equipment used for specific activities

  • : the organization or system used for doing or operating something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of apparatus

plural apparatuses or apparatus

  1. 1 a :  a set of materials or equipment designed for a particular use b :  a group of anatomical or cytological parts functioning together <mitotic apparatus> c :  an instrument or appliance designed for a specific operation

  2. 2 :  the functional processes by means of which a systematized activity is carried out <the apparatus of society>: as a :  the machinery of government b :  the organization of a political party or an underground movement

Examples of apparatus in a sentence

  1. She fell off a gymnastics apparatus and broke her leg.

  2. <the hospital's operating rooms boast the very latest medical apparatus>



Origin of apparatus

Latin, from apparare to prepare, from ad- + parare to prepare — more at pare


First Known Use: circa 1628

Rhymes with apparatus


APPARATUS Defined for Kids

apparatus

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noun ap·pa·ra·tus \ˌa-pə-ˈra-təs, -ˈrā-\

Definition of apparatus for Students

plural apparatuses or apparatus

  1. :  the equipment or material for a particular use or job <gymnasium apparatus> <laboratory apparatus>




Medical Dictionary

apparatus

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noun ap·pa·ra·tus \ˌap-ə-ˈrat-əs, -ˈrāt-\

Medical Definition of apparatus

plural apparatuses or apparatus

  1. :  a group of anatomical and cytological parts having a common function <the respiratory apparatus>—see golgi apparatus





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