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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Construction on new playground equipment for Homer Glen’s Heritage Park is expected to begin soon. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 July 2018 The kitchen is complete with brand new commercial equipment that will make any chef proud. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Listed a Hotel in Texas and We Want to Buy It Immediately," 8 July 2018 Unifi my Wi-Fi Ubiquiti makes all manner of stuff, ranging from wired gear to full-on heavy-duty WISP equipment. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home," 5 July 2018 The success of the expedition necessitated the pioneering of new equipment that would use renewable energy to melt snow and ice into hot water on the move in the Antarctic. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Expedition Antarctica: A father and son's journey to save the planet," 22 June 2018 Much still hinges on whether Cal Fire blames the Tubbs Fire on PG&E’s equipment. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fight over PG&E’s liability in Wine Country fires just beginning," 9 June 2018 Existing mines are operating below capacity and many resources remain unexploited due to energy shortages and lack of access to new equipment, according to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. James Griffiths, CNN, "After nukes and summits, can Kim Jong Un reform North Korea's economy?," 8 June 2018 But patients often have trouble with settings and masks, with little help from equipment suppliers, according to Dr. Susan Redline of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Washington Post, "New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom," 12 July 2018 One equipment manager says his club paid $11,000 for his team’s order. Jake Fischer,, "The Economics of a Las Vegas Summer League Invite," 12 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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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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