Apparatus



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.
any complex instrument or mechanism for a particular purpose.
any system or systematic organization of activities, functions, processes, etc., directed toward a specific goal:
the apparatus of government; espionage apparatus.
Physiology. a group of structurally different organs working together in the performance of a particular function:
the digestive apparatus.
Contemporary Examples

But for a potential presidential candidate to have no apparatus for massaging the media is remarkable.
Sarah Palin’s Enforcer Howard Kurtz January 18, 2011

The apparatus works its mayhem sprinkled with the Holy Water of transparency and consequences.
Toyota’s a Victim, Not a Villain Eric Dezenhall February 12, 2011

Another had “cages, whips, and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling.”
What Happened Since Marjorie Died Timothy Noah November 12, 2008

It is difficult to have perspective on a problem when you have been personally part of the apparatus.
Past Scott Walker: Fight Crosses Party Lines as California Voters Back Pension Reforms John Avlon June 6, 2012

Safety officials believe it snapped, sending both acrobats and apparatus hurtling 25 to 40 feet to the floor.
Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus Marina Watts May 4, 2014

Historical Examples

He thanked heaven for that as he tore away a boardlike piece of apparatus and jammed it over the leak in the jar.
Astounding Stories, February, 1931 Various

With this apparatus the message was registered at the rate of six words a minute.
Heroes of the Telegraph J. Munro

The pieces of apparatus were finished and, after paying for them Mark put the parts in the valise.
Under the Ocean to the South Pole Roy Rockwood

But the apparatus failed as a practical means of talking to a distance.
Heroes of the Telegraph J. Munro

This and several other properties of conducting gas may readily be proved by the aid of the apparatus represented in fig. 5.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 8 Various

noun (pl) -ratus, -ratuses
a collection of instruments, machines, tools, parts, or other equipment used for a particular purpose
a machine having a specific function: breathing apparatus
the means by which something operates; organization: the apparatus of government
(anatomy) any group of organs having a specific function
n.

1620s, from Latin apparatus “tools, implements, equipment; preparation, a preparing,” noun of state from past participle stem of apparare “prepare,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + parare “make ready” (see pare).

apparatus ap·pa·ra·tus (āp’ə-rā’təs, -rāt’əs)
n. pl. apparatus or ap·pa·ra·tus·es

An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose.

A group or system of organs that collectively performs a specific function or process.

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