Definition of apparatus
1a : a set of materials or equipment designed for a particular useb : a group of anatomical or cytological parts functioning together mitotic apparatusc : 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 asa : the machinery of governmentb : the organization of a political party or an underground movement
Recent Examples of apparatus from the Web
The customized apparatus allowed a live look at the underwater wonders of the Brule.
Instead, in September 2006 the 200-metric-ton apparatus began a much longer journey, first sailing down the Danube River to the Black Sea.
And that power should be in the hands of community, not in the hands of an apparatus that is primarily meant to protect property and can be highly influenced by people outside of law enforcement.
Susquehanna Hose also will get $75,000 to help replace its self contained breathing apparatus used by firefighters (the third of four payments) and $100,000 to help pay for its new fire boat (the third of three payments), DeHority said.
The fire station at Irvine Avenue and Dover Drive will get a new apparatus bay – or fire truck garage – to accommodate larger modern equipment.
Mexico’s Interior Secretary, Miguel Osorio Chong, responsible for his country’s civilian law enforcement and intelligence apparatus, will co-chair the day’s proceedings.
His is among a handful that involves individuals who actually evaded the U.S. intelligence apparatus and reached IS territory.
The latest deadly London attacks, like one in the Philippines last week, prompted visceral reactions from Trump instead of statements shaped by the findings of the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic apparatus.
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APPARATUS Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of apparatus for Students
: the equipment or material for a particular use or job gymnasium apparatus laboratory apparatus
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