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QUESTION: Dear Deirdre

Can we consider Machine,Device,Gadget,Instrument,Tool,Equipment as Synonyms ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: I'd consider them partially synonymous, but not always. All these words have multiple uses. For example, a machine may be simple or complex - a car and a lever are both machines. An instrument may be as complex as an electron microscope or as simple as a ruler.
Gadgets usually refer to something small, clever and novel, rather than a serious tool or machine. Equipment tends to refer to a collection of machines, and when referring to a single device, we'd say "a piece of equipment".
Each of these words has a specific usage, and while at times and in some particular senses, some might be synonymous, each word has its particular definition that makes it more apt for certain uses.

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QUESTION: Dear Deirdre

Thank you.

Which would be most appropriate i.e. Radio Button or if multiple check boxes are given for the below examples, which would you select ?

For examples :

Question 1
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1. Surgeon uses a Surgical instrument to perform surgery.
2. Surgeon uses a Surgical machine to perform surgery.
3. Surgeon uses a Surgical device to perform surgery.
4. Surgeon uses a Surgical tool to perform surgery.
5. Surgeon uses a Surgical gadget to perform surgery.
6. Surgeon uses a Surgical equipment to perform surgery.

Select the Best answer from above. i.e. Single answer. i.e. Radio Button.


Question 2
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1. Surgeon uses a Surgical instrument to perform surgery.
2. Surgeon uses a Surgical machine to perform surgery.
3. Surgeon uses a Surgical device to perform surgery.
4. Surgeon uses a Surgical tool to perform surgery.
5. Surgeon uses a Surgical gadget to perform surgery.
6. Surgeon uses a Surgical equipment to perform surgery.

Select the Best answers from above. i.e. Multiple answers. i.e. Check boxes.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
I'm not sure I understand your question.
Surgeons might use things that are machines, devices, tools, equipment, machines or instruments. A gadget is usually a novelty item, or an informal term for a sophisticated item.
But orthopedic surgeons will use saws and hammers, there are many machines available, such as robotic surgery machines. The question is far too vague for a radio button.

Also, please use this forum for questions regarding electronic components.

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