equip·​ment | \ i-ˈkwip-mənt How to pronounce equipment (audio) \

Definition of equipment

1a : the set of articles or physical resources serving to equip a person or thing: such as
(1) : the implements used in an operation or activity : apparatus sports equipment
(2) : all the fixed assets other than land and buildings of a business enterprise
(3) : the rolling stock of a railway
b : a piece of such equipment
2a : the equipping of a person or thing
b : the state of being equipped
3 : mental or emotional traits or resources : endowment

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Examples of equipment in a Sentence

The photographer came early to set up his equipment. I'm looking for a hobby that doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. an expensive piece of medical equipment Not enough funds were provided for the equipment of the troops.
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Shah says the foundation is paying for the equipment, about $30,000 per school, and the city is covering the installation costs., "New Skanska development chief has eye out for big projects," 11 June 2019 Most of the renewable-energy equipment on the market today will work within their voltage range. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 Most people don’t think about how having the proper equipment for their grill can help take a cookout from stressful to epic. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "9 Items You Need to Master Your Cookouts This Summer," 7 June 2019 And for disadvantaged kids who cannot afford it, Coxworth provides the equipment – gloves, coaches, hammers and, of course, the field. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora facility looks to get young people interested in hammer throw," 7 June 2019 On moving day, teachers and parents rolled the school equipment up Connecticut Avenue to its new home. Susan Soldavin,, "Mater Amoris Montessori School celebrating 50 and young at heart," 7 June 2019 During the opening night, dogs were out and about on leashes, while children topped the playground equipment at Everts Park. Karie Angell Luc,, "Return of Highwood Evening Gourmet Market helps kick off summer in North Shore," 6 June 2019 These hold the precise lighting equipment needed for the show. Christopher Arnott,, "By the numbers: What it takes to make Cirque’s ‘Luzia’ happen," 6 June 2019 The high-tech equipment has helped biologists study behavior and habits of the secretive cats. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: When it comes to wildcats in Wisconsin, bobcats are king," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of equipment

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of equipment was in 1651

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English Language Learners Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose
: the act of equipping someone or something


equip·​ment | \ i-ˈkwip-mənt How to pronounce equipment (audio) \

Kids Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose



Legal Definition of equipment

: the implements used in an operation or activity specifically, in the Uniform Commercial Code : goods that are not inventory, farm products, or consumer goods

Note: This definition, found in Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, applies to other Code articles as well.

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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