I admit I always liked Latin in school. Funny how this particular plural is still present after oh so many years. Useful knowledge? You decide.

ap·pa·rat·us, n., pl. apparatus or -us·es.

  1. a) An appliance or device for a particular purpose: an x-ray apparatus.
    b) An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose: dental apparatus. See synonyms at equipment.
  2. a) The totality of means by which a designated function is performed or a specific task executed, as in a system of government.
    b) A political organization or an underground political movement. Also called apparat.
  3. Physiology. A group or system of organs that collectively perform a specific function or process: the respiratory apparatus; the digestive apparatus.
  4. The critical and source material that accompanies an edition of a text.

[Latin apparātus, preparation, from past participle of apparāre, to prepare : ad-, ad- + parāre, to prepare.]

2 Responses to “Apparatus”

  1. Shawn Says:

    Gutes Wort, ja. Ich kenne das deutsche Lied “Fernsehapparat” von “And One” :-)

  2. Tim Says: has a sample of this song available.

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