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Meaning of APPARATUS

Pronunciation:  `apu'ratus

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

APPARATUS is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: setup
 See Also: aerator, auditory apparatus, body part, brooder, burner, cascade liquefier, centrifuge, chemical reactor, cloud chamber, condenser, copier, duplicator, electrograph, equipment, extractor, generator, heat pump, heliograph, incubator, instillator, Kipp's apparatus, lighting, nuclear reactor, optical bench, pendulum, purifier, reactor, reformer, semaphore, separator, sequenator, sequencer, soda fountain, still, submersible, telegraph, telegraphy, titrator, Wilson cloud chamber, X-ray machine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap"pa*ratus\, n.; pl. {Apparatus}, also rarely
{Apparatuses}. [L., from apparare, apparatum, to prepare; ad
+ prepare to make ready.]
1. Things provided as means to some end.

2. 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.

3. (Physiol.) A collection of organs all of which unite in a
   common function; as, the respiratory apparatus.

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