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 But updating the lifts, lighting and snowmaking equipment proved more costly and time-consuming than initially planned. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Cockaigne resort in western New York plans mid-December opening," 26 Nov. 2019 Winston said additional supporting structures were being added in the area of the collapse and then heavy equipment would be brought in. Cameron Knight,, "Crews racing against weather on Day 2 search for missing worker after building collapse," 26 Nov. 2019 The notices can indicate that a property’s land, structure or equipment, such as its furnace, plumbing or electrical wiring, is unsafe. Hallie Miller,, "City razes Baltimore home with 6 days’ notice. ‘She would be left with nothing if we didn’t open our mouths.’," 25 Nov. 2019 Investigators believe the fall was caused by equipment failure, said Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Purdue University student killed in 200-foot fall in Alabama cave," 25 Nov. 2019 Funds can be used for construction costs, furniture and equipment for the events center and a sloped auditorium inside the library. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Winter Park approves terms of $6M tourist tax grant for Canopy project," 25 Nov. 2019 Officer Lysack arrived on scene and discovered the three trailers had been broken into and landscaping equipment had been stolen. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 25 Nov. 2019 The company does instruct workers on the safe way to move their bodies and handle equipment. Will Evans, The Atlantic, "Behind the Smiles," 25 Nov. 2019 The European Mobile Lab, for instance, whose development was funded by the European Union, consists of a series of boxes containing equipment that can be loaded onto a pickup truck. Martin Enserink, Science | AAAS, "This lab on wheels could be a gamechanger during the next Ebola outbreak, scientists say," 24 Nov. 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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Equipment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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