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Definitions of apparatus

  1. An outfit of tools, utensils, or instruments adapted to, or necessary for, any branch of work, or for the performance of an experiment or operation; a set of such appliances; machinery: mechanism. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. (anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function; "the breathing apparatus" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. equipment designed to serve a specific function Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Things provided as means to some end. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Hence: A full collection or set of implements, or utensils, for a given duty, experimental or operative; any complex instrument or appliance, mechanical or chemical, for a specific action or operation; machinery; mechanism. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A collection of organs all of which unite in a common function; as, the respiratory apparatus. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Things prepared or provided: set of instruments or tools. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A complex machine, or a set of tools, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for apparatus

  1. At every stop the cars are opened and apparatus set in motion which changes the air completely almost in a moment. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  2. Fin had his hand on his lips keeping his laughing apparatus in order until the solitary disappeared down the path to the trees, then he leaned my way. – The Underdog by F. Hopkinson Smith
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