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APPARATUS (apparatus)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does apparatus mean? 

  The noun APPARATUS has 2 senses:

1. equipment designed to serve a specific function
2. (anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function

  Familiarity information: APPARATUS used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1apparatus [BACK TO TOP]


Equipment designed to serve a specific function

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


apparatus; setup

Hypernyms ("apparatus" is a kind of...):

equipment (an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "apparatus"):

aerator (an apparatus for exposing something to the air (as sewage))

nuclear reactor; reactor ((physics) any of several kinds of apparatus that maintain and control a nuclear reaction for the production of energy or artificial elements)

optical bench (apparatus for observation and measurement of optical phenomena)

pendulum (an apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravity)

purifier (an apparatus for removing impurities)

reformer (an apparatus that reforms the molecular structure of hydrocarbons to produce richer fuel)

semaphore (an apparatus for visual signaling with lights or mechanically moving arms)

sequenator; sequencer ((chemistry) an apparatus that can determine the sequence of monomers in a polymer)

soda fountain (an apparatus for dispensing soda water)

still (an apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed)

submersible (an apparatus intended for use under water)

telegraph; telegraphy (apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire (usually in Morse code))

titrator (an apparatus for performing a titration)

X-ray machine (an apparatus that provides a source of X rays)

lighting (apparatus for supplying artificial light effects for the stage or a film)

Kipp's apparatus (a laboratory apparatus for producing a gas (usually hydrogen sulfide) by the action of a liquid on a solid without heating)

burner (an apparatus for burning fuel (or refuse))

cascade liquefier (an apparatus used to liquefy air or oxygen etc.)

centrifuge; extractor; separator (an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension)

chemical reactor (an apparatus for holding substances that are undergoing a chemical reaction)

cloud chamber; Wilson cloud chamber (apparatus that detects high-energy particles passing through a supersaturated vapor; each particle ionizes molecules along its path and small droplets condense on them to produce a visible track)

condenser (an apparatus that converts vapor into liquid)

copier; duplicator (apparatus that makes copies of typed, written or drawn material)

electrograph (an apparatus for the electrical transmission of pictures)

generator (an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas)

heat pump (apparatus that extracts heat from a liquid that is at a higher temperature than its surroundings; can be used to transfer heat from a reservoir outside in order to heat a building)

heliograph (an apparatus for sending telegraphic messages by using a mirror to turn the sun's rays off and on)

brooder; incubator (apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants)

instillator (medical apparatus that puts a liquid into a cavity drop by drop)

Sense 2apparatus [BACK TO TOP]


(anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Context example:

the breathing apparatus

Hypernyms ("apparatus" is a kind of...):

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Domain category:

anatomy; general anatomy (the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "apparatus"):

auditory apparatus (all of the components of the organ of hearing including the outer and middle and inner ears)

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