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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.

April 21, 2018



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 :)

April 22, 2018



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.

April 21, 2018


That's a great answer !

April 29, 2018
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