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From Latin apparātus


  • IPA(key): /æ.pəˈɹæ.təs/, /æ.pəˈɹeɪ.təs/, /æpəˈɹɑːtəs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪtəs


apparatus (plural apparatuses or apparatus)

  1. The entirety of means whereby a specific production is made existent or task accomplished.
  2. A complex machine or instrument.
  3. An assortment of tools and instruments.
  4. A bureaucratic organization, especially one influenced by political patronage.
  5. (firefighting) A vehicle used for emergency response.
  6. (gymnastics) Any of the equipment on which the gymnasts perform their movements.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Is occasionally used as an invariant plural:
    Look at all of those apparatus.



Related terms[edit]


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Perfect passive participle of apparō (prepare).



apparātus m (feminine apparāta, neuter apparātum); first/second declension

  1. prepared, ready, having been prepared
  2. supplied, furnished, having been supplied
  3. magnificent, sumptuous, elaborate


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative apparātus apparāta apparātum apparātī apparātae apparāta
genitive apparātī apparātae apparātī apparātōrum apparātārum apparātōrum
dative apparātō apparātō apparātīs
accusative apparātum apparātam apparātum apparātōs apparātās apparāta
ablative apparātō apparātā apparātō apparātīs
vocative apparāte apparāta apparātum apparātī apparātae apparāta


apparātus m (genitive apparātūs); fourth declension

  1. preparation, a getting ready
  2. A providing
  3. tools, implements, instruments, engines
  4. supplies, material
  5. magnificence, splendor, pomp
  6. vocative singular of apparātus

apparātūs m

  1. genitive singular of apparātus
  2. nominative plural of apparātus
  3. accusative plural of apparātus
  4. vocative plural of apparātus


Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative apparātus apparātūs
genitive apparātūs apparātuum
dative apparātuī apparātibus
accusative apparātum apparātūs
ablative apparātū apparātibus
vocative apparātus apparātūs



  • apparatus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • apparatus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “apparatus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • apparatus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to entertain, regale a person: accipere aliquem (bene, copiose, laute, eleganter, regio apparatu, apparatis epulis)
    • preparations for war; war-material: apparatus (rare in plur.) belli
  • apparatus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016