apparatus

noun ap·pa·ra·tus \ ˌa-pə-ˈra-təs , -ˈrā- \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of apparatus

plural apparatuses or apparatus
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
  • an apparatus for measuring vision
2 :the functional processes by means of which a systematized activity is carried out
  • the apparatus of society
: such as
a :the machinery of government
b :the organization of a political party or an underground movement

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Origin and Etymology of apparatus

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


APPARATUS Defined for English Language Learners

apparatus

noun

Definition of apparatus for English Language Learners

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

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


APPARATUS Defined for Kids

apparatus

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

Definition of apparatus for Students

plural apparatuses or apparatus
:the equipment or material for a particular use or job
  • gymnasium apparatus
  • laboratory apparatus

Medical Dictionary

apparatus

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

medical Definition of apparatus

plural apparatuses or apparatus
:a group of anatomical and cytological parts having a common function
  • the respiratory apparatus
— see golgi apparatus


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