Simple Definition of apparatus
: a tool or piece of equipment used for specific activities
: the organization or system used for doing or operating something
Full Definition of apparatus
plural ap·pa·ra·tus·es or ap·pa·ra·tus
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 : 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
She fell off a gymnastics apparatus and broke her leg.
<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
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