The concept of apparatus comes from the
Latin word apparātus and has multiple uses. The first meaning mentioned
by the dictionary of the
refers to the grouping of elements that act together and in a
coordinated way to develop a function.
For example: "My grandmother has a device that kneads and cooks bread in
a few minutes", "I would like them to invent a device capable of
automatically ironing and ordering clothes", "The government announced
a million dollar investment in high-end devices technology to
improve hospital benefits ”.
An apparatus, in this sense, is a machine made up of various
parts. A television, a scanner, a car, a microwave oven and a washing machine,
among many other devices, can be considered as appliances.
Although we can cite a list of devices of a truly considerable length, it is
not the variety in which this concept is manifested today, but the weight that
it has come to have in our lives. Something that only in the second half of the
20th century could be a luxury that only the wealthiest families could afford,
such as buying a television or a music system, has multiplied
exponentially and today is not only normal, but "necessary".
It is no longer necessary to charge a juicy salary at the end of the month to
acquire household appliances, since the great competition and the increasing
demand of the last decades has given way to mass production, with the consequent
reduction in prices. Any person from the middle class can
access a series of devices that allow them to enjoy their free time and
facilitate the typical tasks of home maintenance, such as cleaning and preparing
The most worrying feature of this era is that many people do not stop to
think about whether they need a device before buying it, but rather they are
influenced by the media and invasive advertising campaigns, which convince them
that they need them if they want to be part of society. This
phenomenon especially attacks the most insecure, those individuals who cannot
bear the idea of being judged for not adapting to impositions, and thus the
market moves millions regardless of the quality of the products and
services it offers.
In the field of biology, the group of organs that
are involved in the same function is called an apparatus. The respiratory
system, to cite one case, is made up of the trachea, bronchi, lungs
and other organs dedicated to absorbing the oxygen present in the air to carry
it to the blood and, simultaneously, expel carbon dioxide from the body. The digestive
system, the circulatory system and the reproductive
system are other examples in this same context.
A group of individuals or objects, both
physical and symbolic, may also be called an apparatus: "The Nationalist
Party summoned its apparatus to protest against the government's decision", "People
do not agree with the functioning of the judicial apparatus ", "
ecologist candidate lamented not having a device to back it up ".
The instruments used for conducting exercises gymnastics and
device that allows correct defects in the body of
a human being, finally, can be called devices: "I was training with
appliances", "When I was a kid, I had to use appliances on teeth ". Although
both examples refer to decisions related to aesthetics, dental appliances can be
used to straighten severely crooked dentures and thus avoid complications that
exceed the limits of orthodontics.