equipment

noun
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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Participants brought tents to one of two fenced off areas and dinner was provided along with water and the equipment for the games and activities. Diane Dachota, chicagotribune.com, "Families camp overnight in Spring Rock Park," 14 July 2018 Senior Fitness Classes Weekly classes use state-of-the-art equipment for maximum muscle and bone density. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coral Springs area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Some equipment is traveling with the team and some will be express shipped. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Team Due in Thailand to Help Rescue Soccer Team Trapped in Flooded Cave," 7 July 2018 One Soldotna store sells less of its pricey king gear and more equipment for sockeye fishing — and its staff has shrunk. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pretty devastating’: After years of poor king salmon runs, renowned Kenai River sport fishing community adjusts," 7 July 2018 In one instance last year, according to USA Today, Lovett led a five-day student strike because the school wouldn’t order needed safety equipment for a lab. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "First Black Valedictorian Speaks At City Hall After High School Denies Him Graduation Speech," 7 July 2018 People looking for a piece of memorabilia or equipment for their own sports complex are in luck. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Expressway Park hosts final event as FC Cincinnati prepares to move in," 6 July 2018 Here's some choice equipment for cooking like a pro in the wild. Joe Ray, WIRED, "5 Pieces of Primo Meal-Prep Gear for the Campsite Gourmet," 6 July 2018 Electronic equipment used for cheating is available in a sprawling Baghdad market where everything from weapons to knockoff Nintendo videogames are sold. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Make-or-Break Exams Bring Out the Best and Brightest Cheaters," 5 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 \

Kids Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose

equipment

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equip·ment

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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