Difference between מכשיר, התקן, and מתקן
Do these three words (all of which are translated in dictionaries as "device") differ from each other in meaning, register, or usage? If so, how? Examples are appreciated.
התקן - mostly used to describe a device that is attached to something, for example - hearing aid
מכשיר - a device that is used for general purpose - like devices in the gym, electronic device, etc.
מתקן - a lot like מכשיר, but more used to specific purposes, like a device in the playground
hope it helped :)
מכשיר: more like a machine or a device that does something. for example a hearing aid or a phone (which is counted as a device)
מתקן: more like a device that does not do something (i know, it sounds weird. I just don't know how to fully explain myself). like a 'water device' where you can take water from (water facility). we also call the machines in theme parks "מתקנים"
התקן: like a device you connect to another. for example a USB memory stick which you connect to a computer.
of course, there are exceptions sometimes, but I just cannot think of any right now. that's the main idea behind the differences. hope you found that helpful.