noun (plural apparatuses)
- 1 [mass noun] The technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose: firemen wearing breathing apparatusMore example sentences
- There would also be more discussions on matters such as better emergency training and equipment, including breathing apparatus for rail staff and the strengthening of drivers' cabs.
- They will be wearing breathing apparatus and protective equipment.
- We were then shown all the various equipment, apparatus and tools aboard the engines, which have to be checked and cleaned daily.
- 2The complex structure of a particular organization or system: the apparatus of governmentMore example sentences
- Faced with centrally organized and bureaucratic state apparatuses, dissident actors can adjust organizationally, moving towards more networked forms of organization.
- Serious art over the next period will come into greater and greater conflict with the framework of the profit system and its political apparatus.
- It then undertook the dismantling of much of its socialist policy and organisational structure but not its political apparatuses - thereby earning derision on both counts.
- 3 (also critical apparatus) A collection of notes, variant readings, and other matter accompanying a printed text: one thing about the book’s apparatus does irritate: the absence of an index of titlesMore example sentences
- A celebrated advantage of electronic editions of early modern literature is their capacity for representing multiple states of the text while avoiding a critical apparatus that relegates variants to footnotes.
- So the reader must resort to the apparatus and notes to figure out what interpretation is driving a given modernization choice.
- The novel needs a new order, a higher level, of thinking on the part of its readers, and at some stage of the not-too-distant future perhaps there should be a new edition with an apparatus of helpful notes.
early 17th century: Latin, from apparare 'make ready for', from ad- 'towards' + parare 'make ready'.