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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ap·pa·ratus n.; pl. Apparatus, also rarely Apparatuses
 1. Things provided as means to some end.
 2. Hence: A full collection or set of implements, or utensils, for a given duty, experimental or operative; any complex instrument or appliance, mechanical or chemical, for a specific action or operation; machinery; mechanism.
 3. Physiol. A collection of organs all of which unite in a common function; as, the respiratory apparatus.