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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Recent Examples on the Web These are rotating, helical appendages which act as propellers, so flagellate bacteria are more mobile than those lacking such equipment. The Economist, "Microbiology Viruses hitch lifts on some bacteria, the better to kill others," 16 Jan. 2021 On his own, Biden could also reinstate some Obama policies, like a ban on transferring surplus equipment to local police, and linking some Justice Department grants to local reforms. Gregory Korte,, "Biden’s Promises for Day One Could Take Months to Fulfill," 15 Jan. 2021 Metro Transit replaced outdated equipment at 10 intersections in Bloomington with new technology that improves communication between traffic lights for motor vehicles and the system that controls trains. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "With signal upgrades, Twin Cities Blue Line LRT provides more consistent travel times," 15 Jan. 2021 In Cobb County, expect traffic flagging on State Route 360 along New Macland Road towards Dallas as construction crews bring in equipment for a road-widening project. Henri Hollis, ajc, "SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Cold, blustery weekend ahead," 15 Jan. 2021 Premium is the base trim level, while the costlier Premium Plus and Prestige versions add equipment such as a premium audio system, a digital gauge cluster, and adaptive cruise control. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Is More Expensive Than Standard Model," 14 Jan. 2021 Both programs offer free in-home assessments and rebates to help reduce the upfront cost of installing energy-efficient equipment such as high-efficiency HVAC tuneups, insulation, air sealing and duct sealing. Staff Report,, "Entergy New Orleans offers tips on cold weather energy savings," 13 Jan. 2021 In the room next door, physical education teacher Shannon Dwyer prepared signs to show student groups where to go and which equipment to use. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Soldotna teachers hope a return to in-school classes will help bridge a distance-learning divide," 13 Jan. 2021 Plus, a garage can usually accommodate large equipment like a treadmill or a weight rack. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Guide to Home Fitness," 13 Jan. 2021

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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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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Equipment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce equipment (audio)

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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