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apparatus

ap·pa·ra·tus

apparatus

 
pronunciation:
ae p rae tihs
part of speech: noun
inflections: apparatus, apparatuses
definition 1: a machine or group of machines designed to accomplish a specific task.
synonyms:
appurtenances, device, equipment, instrument, machinery, tool
similar words:
accouterments, appliance, gadget, machine, paraphernalia, rig, system, utensil
definition 2: any system, such as a political organization, that is designed to accomplish a specific purpose.
synonyms:
machinery, system
similar words:
instrument, machine, organization, outfit, tool