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apparatus (equipment)

Definition:

equipment designed to serve a specific function

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plurals:

apparatus* | apparatuses
(* apparatus may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

setup | app. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Latin apparatus "tools, implements, equipment; preparation, a preparing", noun...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural] | organization [synonym, sense-specific]

a collection of instruments, machines, tools, parts, or other equipment used for a particular purpose | a machine having a specific function | the ... (22 of 531 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apparatus

Merriam-Webster:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural] | accoutrements [synonym, sense-specific] | equipment [synonym, sense-specific] | gear [synonym, sense-specific] | hardware [synonym, sense-specific] | kit [British, synonym, sense-specific] | material [synonym, sense-specific] | matériel [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a set of materials or equipment designed for a particular use ; a group of ... | the functional processes by means of which a systematized activity is ... (27 of 181 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apparatus

Wikipedia:

Apparatus [disambiguation]

may refer to: Technical term for body of the Soviet and post-Soviet governments (see Apparatchik) | Machine | Equipment (disambiguation) | Critical apparatus, the critical and primary source material that accompanies an edition of a text | Fire... (34 of 127 words, 11 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Apparatus

American Heritage Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural] | apparat [sense-specific]

An appliance or device for a particular purpose | An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose | The totality of means by ... (25 of 126 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apparatus

Oxford Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural] | critical apparatus

the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose | the complex structure of a particular organization or system | a ... (22 of 124 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apparatus

New World Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural] | apparatus criticus [sense-specific]

the instruments, materials, tools, etc. needed for a specific use | any complex device or machine for a specific use | [physiology] a set of organs ... (24 of 90 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apparatus

Random House Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

a group or combination of instruments, machinery, tools, materials, etc., having a particular function or intended for a specific use. | any complex ... (22 of 87 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/apparatus

Macmillan British Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

[countable/uncountable] the machines, tools, and equipment needed for doing something, especially something technical or scientific | [singular] the ... (17 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/apparatus

Wiktionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural] | setup [synonym, sense-specific] | mechanism [synonym, sense-specific] | dynamic [synonym, sense-specific] | instrument [synonym, sense-specific] | machinery [synonym, sense-specific] | device [synonym, sense-specific] | tools [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

The entirety of means whereby a specific production is made existent or task accomplished. | A complex machine or instrument. | An assortment of tools or instruments. | A bureaucratic organization, especially one influenced by political patronage. | ... (34 of 58 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apparatus

Cambridge Dictionary:

apparatus [entry 1] | apparatuses [plural]

a set of equipment or tools or sometimes a machine which is used for a particular purpose (17 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apparatus 1

apparatus [entry 2] | apparatuses [plural]

an organization or system, especially a political one (8 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apparatus 2

Encarta Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

a piece of machinery, a tool, or a device used for a specific purpose | the system or structure in which a process occurs or an organization functions ... (27 of 87 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586319​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

apparatus

First use: 1620s

Origin: Latin apparatus "tools, implements, equipment; preparation, a preparing", noun of state from past participle stem of apparare "prepare", ... (19 of 25 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=apparatus

American Heritage Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

Origin: Latin apparātus, preparation, from past participle of apparāre, to prepare: ad-, ad- + parāre, to prepare; see perə- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots.

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Oxford Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural] | critical apparatus

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Latin, from apparare "make ready for", from ad- "towards" + parare "make ready"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apparatus

Merriam-Webster:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

First use: about 1628

Origin: Latin, from apparare to prepare, from ad- + parare to prepare

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apparatus

New World Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

Origin: Latin, a making ready, preparation from apparare from ad-, to + parare, "prepare"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apparatus

Collins Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin, from apparāre to make ready

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apparatus

Wiktionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

Origin: Latin apparātus

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apparatus

Encarta Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin, past participle of apparare "prepare" from parare "prepare"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586319​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

apparatus [entry 1] | apparatuses [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "apparatus"

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

apparatus | apparatuses [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

apparatus

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YourDictionary Audio:

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freedictionary.org:

Apparatus

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