noun, plural ap·pa·rat·us, ap·pa·rat·us·es.
- apparatus criticus,
- apparent candlepower,
- apparent horizon
Origin of apparatus
Examples from the Web for apparatus
Safety officials believe it snapped, sending both acrobats and apparatus hurtling 25 to 40 feet to the floor.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus|Marina Watts|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The apparatus the Clintons have in place could be a bit rusty, so this dustup is a test run for bigger battles ahead.
It is difficult to have perspective on a problem when you have been personally part of the apparatus.
The apparatus works its mayhem sprinkled with the Holy Water of transparency and consequences.
But for a potential presidential candidate to have no apparatus for massaging the media is remarkable.
Put this apparatus into a jar of water, and place the whole under a receiver.Endless Amusement|Unknown
Enlarged negatives are very easily made with the apparatus described.Bromide Printing and Enlarging|John A. Tennant
A perforated rubber stopper, fitted with a glass tube on which is slipped a rubber syringe bulb, completes the apparatus.
I'll telephone Washington and have some men with apparatus sent right down from the Bureau of Standards.The Great Drought|Sterner St. Paul Meek
The apparatus should be concealed and nothing but the box end or tube with the flowing water shown.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
noun plural -ratus or -ratuses
Word Origin for apparatus
1620s, from Latin apparatus "tools, implements, equipment; preparation, a preparing," noun of state from past participle stem of apparare "prepare," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + parare "make ready" (see pare).