apparatuses

apparatus

[ap-uh-rat-uhs, -rey-tuhs]
noun, plural 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.
2.
any complex instrument or mechanism for a particular purpose.
3.
any system or systematic organization of activities, functions, processes, etc., directed toward a specific goal: the apparatus of government; espionage apparatus.
4.
Physiology. a group of structurally different organs working together in the performance of a particular function: the digestive apparatus.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin apparātus equipment, orig. the act of equipping, preparation, equivalent to apparā(re) to prepare (ap- ap-1 + parāre; see prepare) + -tus suffix of v. action


2. machine, appliance, device, contraption, contrivance.
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apparatus (ˌæpəˈreɪtəs, -ˈrɑːtəs, ˈæpəˌreɪtəs)
 
n , pl -ratus, -ratuses
1.  a collection of instruments, machines, tools, parts, or other equipment used for a particular purpose
2.  a machine having a specific function: breathing apparatus
3.  the means by which something operates; organization: the apparatus of government
4.  anatomy any group of organs having a specific function
 
[C17: from Latin, from apparāre to make ready]

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apparatus
1620s, from L. apparatus "equipment, preparation," n. of state from pp. of apparare "prepare," from ad- "to" + parare "make ready" (see pare).
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apparatus ap·pa·ra·tus (āp'ə-rā'təs, -rāt'əs)
n. pl. apparatus or ap·pa·ra·tus·es

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

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

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