Definitions of apparatus

  1. (anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function; "the breathing apparatus" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. equipment designed to serve a specific function Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. of Apparatus Webster 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. 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.
  8. 1. A collection of instruments adapted for a special purpose. 2. An instrument made up of several parts. 3. A system, the group of glands, ducts, blood-vessels, muscles, or other anatomical structures concerned in the performance of some function. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  9. A collection of instruments or organs. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  10. Things prepared or provided: set of instruments or tools. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A set of instruments; furniture. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A complex machine, or a set of tools, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A set of instruments or utensils for performing any operation or experiment, or for practising any art; a group of organs in the animal economy all subserving the same purpose. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A set of instruments or tools to be used for a particular purpose. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. ap-par-[=a]'tus, n. things prepared or provided, material: set of instruments, tools, natural organs, &c.: materials for the critical study of a document. [L.; ad, to, par[=a]tus (par[=a]re), prepared.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. This word signifies a collection of instruments, &c., for any operation whatever. (F.) Appareil. In Surgery, it means the methodical arrangement of all the instruments and objects necessary for an operation or dressing. By extension, the French give the name Appareil, Capsa chirurgica, to the case or drawers in which the apparatus is arranged. Apparatus has likewise been applied to the different modes of operating for the stone. See Lithotomy. In Physiology, Apparatus, (F.) Appareil, is applied to a collection of organs, all of which work towards the same end. A system of organs comprehends all those formed of a similar texture. An apparatus often comprehends organs of very different nature. In the former, there is analogy of structure; in the latter, analogy of function. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  17. (pl. -uses). Mechanical requisites for scientific or other work; organs by which natural processes are carried on; critical a., a. criticus, materials for critical study of document. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. Mechanical appliances used in operations and experiments. American pocket medical dictionary.
  19. The complex of parts which unite in any function. American pocket medical dictionary.
  20. Cystotomy or lithotomy. American pocket medical dictionary.
  21. An instrument made up of several parts. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  22. A system of organs concerned in the performance of some function, as lacrimal a., consisting of the 1. gland, 1. canal, 1. sac, and naso-1. duct. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  23. n. [Latin] Things provided as means to some end; especially, a full collection or set of implements, or utensils, for performing scientific experiments or operations. Cabinet Dictionary
  24. Those things which are provided for the accomplishment of any purpose; as the tools of a trade, the furniture of a house; equipage, show. Complete Dictionary

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