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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Apparatusnoun

    Things provided as means to any certain end, as the tools of a trade; the furniture of a house; ammunition for war; equipage; show.

    Etymology: Latin.

    There is an apparatus of things previous, to be adjusted before I come to the calculation itself. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    Ourselves are easily provided for; it is nothing but the circumstantials, the apparatus or equipage of human life, that costs so much. Alexander Pope, Letters to Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apparatus

    of Apparatus

  2. Apparatusnoun

    things provided as means to some end

  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

  4. Apparatusnoun

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

  5. 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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British National Corpus

  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. Jeb Bush:

    My dad is the greatest man alive, in my mind. While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe and I'm proud of what he did.

  2. Jerald Podair:

    You're going to have a state government apparatus that is going to be providing less and less to people, there's no better example than looking at Southern states like Mississippi. The quality of life for the average citizens in these states is lower.

  3. Bill Evanina:

    What we've seen is legitimate companies that are three times removed from Beijing buy [a given] facility for obvious logical reasons, unaware of what the [Chinese] intelligence apparatus wants in that parcel [of land], what we've seen recently — it's been what's underneath the land.

  4. Andy McCarthy:

    For all the strident claims about how the Clinton campaign pushed the government's law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus into spying on President Trump, Special Counsel Durham has thus far charged no crimes along those lines. The indictment of Democratic Party lawyer Michael Sussmann merely alleges that he lied to the FBI to conceal that he was working for the Clinton campaign and tech executive Rodney Joffe, that said, though, it is just breathtaking to watch the media-Democrat complex, which hyped Robert Mueller’s every move in the bogus Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ caper,suddenly develop laryngitis in the matter of Durham’s probe -- that is, when it is not outright hostile.

  5. Rebekah Koffler:

    The U.S. security apparatus has falsely been imagining that certain things are achievable with Russia, and every single president has tried the so-called ‘reset’ and failed, because Russia does not view itself as a friend.

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