equipment

noun

equip·​ment i-ˈkwip-mənt How to pronounce equipment (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: the equipping of a person or thing
b
: the state of being equipped
3
: mental or emotional traits or resources : endowment

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Equipment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equipment. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

equipment

noun
equip·​ment i-ˈkwip-mənt How to pronounce equipment (audio)
1
a
: the act of equipping a person or thing
b
: the state of being equipped
2
: the articles serving to equip a person or thing

Legal Definition

equipment

noun
equip·​ment
: 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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