AskDefine | Define apparatus

Dictionary Definition

apparatus

Noun

1 equipment designed to serve a specific function [syn: setup]
2 (anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function; "the breathing apparatus"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From apparātus

Pronunciation

  • /æ.pəˈɹæ.təs/, (rare) /æ.pəˈɹeɪ.təs/, /æpəɹɑːtəs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪtəs

Noun

  1. The entirety of means whereby a specific production is made existent or task accomplished.
  2. A complex machine or instrument.
  3. An assortment of tools or instruments.
  4. a bureaucratic organization, especially one influenced by political patronage.
  5. In the fire service, a vehicle used for emergency response.
  6. Plural of apparatus
    • Look at all of those apparatus.

Synonyms

Translations

a complex machine or instrument
an assortment of tools or instruments
a given system of procedures
a bureaucratic organization
a vehicle used for emergency response
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Latin

Inflection

apparātūs

Inflection

Descendants

Extensive Definition

Apparatus is a mass noun used to describe equipment designed or assembled for a particular purpose. Examples include:
apparatus in German: Apparat
apparatus in French: Appareil
apparatus in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Apparato (disambiguation)
apparatus in Italian: Apparato
apparatus in Polish: Aparat
apparatus in Ukrainian: Апарат

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bunsen burner, Erlenmeyer flask, Kipp generator, accouterments, alembic, appliance, appliances, appointments, appurtenances, armament, aspirator, bag and baggage, baggage, beaker, blowpipe, burette, capillary tube, condenser, contraption, contrivance, conveniences, crucible, deflagrating spoon, desiccator, device, distiller, duffel, dunnage, equipage, equipment, etna, facilities, facility, fittings, fixtures, furnishings, furniture, gadget, gear, gimcrack, gimmick, gizmo, habiliments, hand tool, impedimenta, implement, installations, instrument, kit, luggage, machine, machinery, materiel, matrass, means, mechanical device, munition, munitions, outfit, paraphernalia, pestle and mortar, pipette, plant, plumbing, power tool, precision balance, precision tool, provisions, reagent bottle, receiver, retort, rig, rigging, speed tool, still, stock-in-trade, supplies, tackle, tackling, test tube, things, tool, traps, utensil, utensils
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