equipment

noun
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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The team had a collection of different telescopes with different sets of equipment and highly different capabilities, so many of the facilities needed to be upgraded or modified. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Behind the Scenes of the First Black Hole Photo," 12 Apr. 2019 One huge reason flying is so safe today is that aviation experts have changed flying equipment and protocol based on past crashes. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "How to Finally Overcome Your Fear of Flying," 31 Jan. 2019 The service included a funding request to convert an expeditionary fast transport ship typically used to move troops and equipment around to instead harbor medical facilities and personnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants a New 'Ambulance Ship' to Treat War Wounded," 26 Mar. 2019 Business fixed investment — the investment in physical assets like property and equipment — was up in the first and second quarters of the year but was flat in the third quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Emily Stewart, Vox, "What the Republican tax bill did — and didn’t — do, one year later," 18 Dec. 2018 In addition, from the host vessel, Ocean Infinity is able to deploy two work-class ROVs and heavy-lifting equipment capable of retrieving objects weighing up to 45 metric tons (approximately 50 US tons) from depths of up to 6,000 meters. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Doomed Argentine sub found a year after its disappearance," 19 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, deputies searched the area around the family's home with drones and infrared equipment and talked to Jayme's friends and middle school classmates, hoping to develop some leads. Fox News, "Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway," 16 Oct. 2018 An employee of a business in the 4000 block of West Lake Avenue told police July 9 that someone was on the property without permission and damaged doors, windows and equipment. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: 16-year-old without valid license left accident scene in Glenview," 13 July 2018 For many homeowners, those DIY systems replace the traditional systems offered by ADT, Vivint or Honeywell that come with lengthy contracts and equipment that largely works only with their monthly service. Diane Cowen, San Antonio Express-News, "Home security is more affordable — and better —than ever," 12 July 2018

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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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equipment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of equipment

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

equipment

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

Kids Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose

equipment

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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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