equip·​ment | \ i-ˈkwip-mənt \

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 subway system’s 7 line was off line for about 30 minutes while track equipment was reset, Con Ed said. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Why Was the Light That Flooded New York City’s Sky So Blue?," 28 Dec. 2018 While the industry might have opposed the legislation at the forefront, by this point the MATS equipment is in place. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "EPA Wants To Hollow Out Regulations That Safeguard Against Mercury Poisoning," 28 Dec. 2018 But when Rebecca and Miguel came over before Kevin's big movie premiere, their IVF equipment accidentally falls out of the bag. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Completely Lost It Last Night Over Toby's Joke," 3 Oct. 2018 Though the equipment is state-of-the-art, the building retains its historic charm and structure. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," 23 Aug. 2018 That’s because the equipment used to set up the rope is not totally the same, Steven Bolella, certified climbing instructor at the Gravity Vault in Hoboken, New Jersey, and a licensed guide in New York State, tells me. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here's What Indoor Climbers Should Know About Climbing Outside for the First Time," 18 Aug. 2018 Selling his camera equipment and buying a tattoo machine became his next option. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Brooklyn Tattooer Mars Hobrecker on Why Tattoos Don't Have to Have Meaning," 26 July 2018 One of the arguments is just the equipment was too bulky and too expensive. Recode Staff, Recode, "Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode Media," 13 July 2018 The microscope also automatically refocuses, allowing surgeons to see the distance between blood vessels and nerve structures without manually adjusting their equipment. Rebecca Lurye,, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of equipment

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Jan 2019

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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 \

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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