apparatus

noun
ap·​pa·​ra·​tus | \ ˌa-pə-ˈra-təs How to pronounce apparatus (audio) , -ˈrā- How to pronounce apparatus (audio) \
plural apparatuses or apparatus

Definition of apparatus

1a : 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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The royal apparatus has begun to prepare for the inevitable moment when the Queen's reign ends. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Why Camilla Will Be Key to Prince Charles's Reign," 6 Apr. 2019 This result means that the infinite apparatus in RT_2^2 can be wielded to prove new facts in finitistic mathematics, forming a surprising bridge between the finite and the infinite. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Bridge Finite-Infinite Divide," 24 May 2016 Those polling numbers are one reason the Trump administration’s policy apparatus has been laser-focused on parochial Florida issues. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Florida is ground zero for Donald Trump’s re-election," 18 June 2019 Their pressure compelled Bashir’s former allies in Sudan’s security apparatus to remove him from power. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The warlord wrecking Sudan’s revolution," 18 June 2019 Funes appointed David Munguía Payés, a former general for the military government, to be the new minister of public security, a post that would give him control of the state security apparatus, including the prison system. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 Watchdogs and ethics advocates say the glacial pace of the Marionneaux case and its limited scope exemplify the weaknesses of Louisiana’s ethics enforcement apparatus. Andrea Gallo, ProPublica, "Why the “Most Egregious” Ethics Case in Louisiana Remains Open Nine Years Later," 16 May 2019 Those efforts accelerated Sunday with the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of the sprawling agency that oversees the U.S.’s immigration and national-security apparatus. ... Vivian Salama, WSJ, "White House Seeks Tighter Grip on Immigration Policy," 8 Apr. 2019 Maassen may be out of the firing line for now, but the 55-year-old will likely remain influential behind the scenes within Germany's security apparatus. Fox News, "Top German spy ousted after clash with Merkel over migrants," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of apparatus

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for apparatus

borrowed from Latin apparātus "act of preparing, display, trappings, equipment," from apparāre "to make ready, make preparations for" (from ad- ad- + parāre "to supply, provide, make ready") + -tus, suffix of verbal nouns — more at pare

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apparatus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apparatus

: a tool or piece of equipment used for specific activities
: the organization or system used for doing or operating something

apparatus

noun
ap·​pa·​ra·​tus | \ ˌa-pə-ˈra-təs How to pronounce apparatus (audio) , -ˈrā-\
plural apparatuses or apparatus

Kids Definition of apparatus

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

apparatus

noun
ap·​pa·​ra·​tus | \ ˌap-ə-ˈrat-əs How to pronounce apparatus (audio) , -ˈrāt- How to pronounce apparatus (audio) \
plural apparatuses or apparatus

Medical Definition of apparatus

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

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