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apparatus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apparatus  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apparatus 
  n  1:  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" 




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