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Device vs. Apparatus

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  • Device (noun)

    Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.

    "There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener."

  • Device (noun)

    A peripheral device; an item of hardware.

  • Device (noun)

    A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

  • Device (noun)

    An improvised explosive device, home-made bomb

  • Device (noun)

    A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.

  • Device (noun)

    A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.

  • Device (noun)

    Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

  • Device (noun)

    An image used in whole or in part as a trademark or service mark.

  • Device (noun)

    An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.

  • Device (noun)

    A spectacle or show.

  • Device (noun)

    Opinion; decision.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    The entirety of means whereby a specific production is made existent or task accomplished.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    A complex machine or instrument.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    An assortment of tools and instruments.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    A bureaucratic organization, especially one influenced by political patronage.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    A vehicle used for emergency response.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    Any of the equipment on which the gymnasts perform their movements.

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  • Device (noun)

    a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment

    "a measuring device"

  • Device (noun)

    a bomb or other explosive weapon

    "an incendiary device"

  • Device (noun)

    a plan, method, or trick with a particular aim

    "writing a letter to a newspaper is a traditional device for signalling dissent"

  • Device (noun)

    a form of words intended to produce a particular effect in speech or a literary work

    "a rhetorical device"

  • Device (noun)

    a drawing or design

    "the decorative device on the invitations"

  • Device (noun)

    an emblematic or heraldic design

    "their shields bear the device of the Blazing Sun"

  • Device (noun)

    the design or look of something

    "works of strange device"

  • Apparatus (noun)

    the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose

    "firemen wearing breathing apparatus"

  • Apparatus (noun)

    the complex structure of a particular organization or system

    "the apparatus of government"

  • Apparatus (noun)

    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 titles"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Device (noun)

    That which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

  • Device (noun)

    Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

  • Device (noun)

    An emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See Cognizance.

  • Device (noun)

    Anything fancifully conceived.

  • Device (noun)

    A spectacle or show.

  • Device (noun)

    Opinion; decision.

  • Device (noun)

    any artifactual object designed to perform an action or process, with or without an operator in attendance.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    Things provided as means to some end.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    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.

  • Apparatus (noun)

    A collection of organs all of which unite in a common function; as, the respiratory apparatus.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Device (noun)

    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose;

    "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"

    "a device intended to conserve water"

  • Device (noun)

    something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

  • Device (noun)

    any clever (deceptive) maneuver;

    "he would stoop to any device to win a point"

  • Device (noun)

    any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

  • Device (noun)

    an emblematic design (especially in heraldry);

    "he was recognized by the device on his shield"

  • Apparatus (noun)

    equipment designed to serve a specific function

  • Apparatus (noun)

    (anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function;

    "the breathing apparatus"

Princeton's WordNet

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