• Apparatus

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /æ.pəˈɹæ.təs/, /æ.pəˈɹeɪ.təs/, /æpəˈɹɑːtəs/
    • Rhymes: -eɪtəs

    Origin

    From Latin apparātus

    Full definition of apparatus

    Noun

    apparatus

    (plural apparatuses or apparatus)
    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. (firefighting) A vehicle used for emergency response.

    Usage notes

    Is occasionally used as an invariant plural:

    Look at all of those apparatus.

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