What does apparatus mean?

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ˌæp əˈræt əs, -ˈreɪ təsap·pa·ra·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparatus, setupnoun

    equipment designed to serve a specific function

  2. apparatusnoun

    (anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function

    "the breathing apparatus"


  1. apparatusnoun

    The entirety of means whereby a specific production is made existent or task accomplished.

  2. apparatusnoun

    A complex machine or instrument.

  3. apparatusnoun

    An assortment of tools or instruments.

  4. apparatusnoun

    A bureaucratic organization, especially one influenced by political patronage.

  5. apparatusnoun

    A vehicle used for emergency response.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apparatus

    of Apparatus

    Etymology: [L., from apparare, apparatum, to prepare; ad + prepare to make ready.]

  2. Apparatusnoun

    things provided as means to some end

    Etymology: [L., from apparare, apparatum, to prepare; ad + prepare to make ready.]

  3. Apparatusnoun

    hence: A full collection or set of implements, or utensils, for a given duty, experimental or operative; any complex instrument or appliance, mechanical or chemical, for a specific action or operation; machinery; mechanism

    Etymology: [L., from apparare, apparatum, to prepare; ad + prepare to make ready.]

  4. Apparatusnoun

    a collection of organs all of which unite in a common function; as, the respiratory apparatus

    Etymology: [L., from apparare, apparatum, to prepare; ad + prepare to make ready.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apparatus

    ap-par-ā′tus, n. things prepared or provided, material: set of instruments, tools, natural organs, &c.: materials for the critical study of a document. [L.; ad, to, parātus (parāre), prepared.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. apparatus

    Ammunition and equipage for war.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. apparatus

    Ammunition and equipage for war.

Editors Contribution

  1. apparatus

    A type of equipment designed for a specific function.

    Various apparatus for working on the oil rig are available for use in a known place.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apparatus' in Nouns Frequency: #2831

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparatus in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparatus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of apparatus in a Sentence

  1. Salvador Dalí:

    What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdad's of his dreams to rise from the dust.

  2. James Clapper:

    For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.

  3. Eric Brewer:

    As long as the President just has mild to moderate symptoms, I wouldn't expect any major shifts in either how our national security apparatus operates or the actions of our adversaries.

  4. Hassan Ismail:

    The approach followed by government apparatus was met with satisfaction from citizens, sudanese blood is the most precious thing we need to preserve.

  5. Michael Moran:

    We've got a new, more realistic breathing apparatus training environment that we do every two years now, that really gives the pilots (a) real... sense of what that hypoxia feeling is going to be.

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    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    • A. accident
    • B. rogue
    • C. guts
    • D. perusal

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