apparatus

  • 1 Apparatus — Apparatus, (Latin, apparātus ) is a mass noun used to describe equipment designed or assembled for a particular purpose. Examples include:* Fire apparatus * Equipment used in gymnastics * Kipp s apparatus * Golgi apparatus (also called a Golgi… …

    Wikipedia

  • 2 apparatus — [krit′i kəsap΄ə rat′əs, ap΄ərāt′əs] n. pl. apparatus or apparatuses [L, a making ready, preparation < apparare < ad , to + parare, PREPARE] 1. the instruments, materials, tools, etc. needed for a specific use 2. any complex device or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Apparatus — Ap pa*ratus, n.; pl. {Apparatus}, also rarely {Apparatuses}. [L., from apparare, apparatum, to prepare; ad + prepare to make ready.] 1. Things provided as means to some end. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: A full collection or set of implements, or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 5 apparatus — index appliance, device (mechanism), equipment, expedient, facility (instrumentality), instrument ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 apparatus — (n.) 1620s, from L. apparatus tools, implements, equipment; preparation, a preparing, noun of state from pp. stem of apparare prepare, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + parare make ready (see PARE (Cf. pare)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 apparatus — [n1] equipment with a purpose accoutrement, appliance, black box*, contraption, device, dingbat, doodad*, doohickey*, furnishings, gaff*, gear, gimcrack*, gimmick, gizmo*, grabber*, habiliments, idiot box*, implement, jigger*, job*, machine,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 apparatus — ► NOUN (pl. apparatuses) 1) the equipment needed for a particular activity or purpose. 2) a complex structure within an organization: the apparatus of government. ORIGIN Latin, from apparare make ready for …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 apparatus — 1 *equipment, gear, tackle, outfit, paraphernalia, machinery, materiel Analogous words: tool, *implement, utensil, instrument: network, *system, scheme 2 *machine, mechanism, machinery, engine, motor Analogous words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 apparatus — is normally pronounced with rat as in rate (not as in part). The plural is apparatuses …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 apparatus — /ap euh rat euhs, ray teuhs/, n., pl. apparatus, apparatuses. 1. a group or combination of instruments, machinery, tools, materials, etc., having a particular function or intended for a specific use: Our town has excellent fire fighting apparatus …

    Universalium

  • 12 apparatus — UK [ˌæpəˈreɪtəs] / US [ˌæpəˈrætəs] / US [ˌæpəˈreɪtəs] noun Word forms apparatus : singular apparatus plural apparatuses or apparatus 1) [countable/uncountable] the machines, tools, and equipment needed for doing something, especially something… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 apparatus — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ breathing, electrical, experimental, scientific ▪ administrative, bureaucratic, ideological, legal, party, se …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 apparatus — [[t]æ̱pəre͟ɪtəs, ræ̱t [/t]] apparatuses 1) N VAR: with supp The apparatus of an organization or system is its structure and method of operation. For many years, the country had been buried under the apparatus of the regime. ...a massive… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 apparatus — ap|pa|ra|tus [ˌæpəˈreıtəs US ˈræ ] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of apparare to prepare , from ad to + parare to prepare ] 1.) [U] the set of tools and machines that you use for a particular scientific, medical, or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 apparatus — ap•pa•rat•us [[t]ˌæp əˈræt əs, ˈreɪ təs[/t]] n. pl. tus, tus•es 1) a group or combination of instruments, machinery, tools, or materials having a particular function: firefighting apparatus[/ex] 2) any complex instrument or mechanism for a… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 apparatus — 1. A collection of instruments adapted for a special purpose. 2. An instrument made up of several parts. 3. [TA] A group or system of glands, ducts, blood vessel s, muscles, or other anatomic structures involved in the performance of some… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 apparatus — ap|pa|ra|tus [ ,æpə rætəs, ,æpə reıtəs ] noun 1. ) count or uncount the machines, tools, and equipment needed for doing something, especially something technical or scientific: They were setting up the apparatus for the experiment. breathing… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 apparatus — [17] Etymologically, apparatus is ‘equipment that has been prepared for a particular use’. The word is borrowed from Latin apparātus, the past participle of the compound verb apparāre, formed from the prefix ad and parāre ‘make ready’ (source of… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 apparatus — [ˌapə reɪtəs] noun (plural apparatuses) 1》 the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose. 2》 a complex structure within an organization: the apparatus of government. 3》 (also critical apparatus, apparatus… …

    English new terms dictionary


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